Obama's Watch, first Permit to Shoot American Eagles
Wyoming to kill up to two bald eagles for religious purposes is the
first of its kind ever issued to an American Indian tribe, a U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service official said Wednesday.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has given the OK for an American Indian tribe to kill two bald eagles for religious purposes.
The decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming filed a
federal lawsuit alleging that the agency‘s refusal to allow them to do
so was a violation of tribal members’ religious freedom, the Associated
While no longer on the federal list of endangered or threatened
species, federal law prohibits the killing of bald eagles under the Bald
and Golden Eagle Protection Act. American Indians are able to apply for
eagle feathers or carcases to use in their ceremonies from a federal
repository. They can apply for permits to kill bald eagles as well,
though such permission is incredibly rare.
As in it's never happened before in HISTORY. AP is lying again!
According to the Associated Press, it’s been almost three years since
the Arapaho tribe applied for such a permit, and a lawyer for the tribe
said they believed it necessary to go to court in order to get one. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted the permit Friday.
Under the terms of the permit, the Northern Arapaho will be allowed
to kill up to two bald eagles off their reservation. A neighboring
tribe, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, opposed the killing of eagles on
their shared reservation.
The Arapaho’s lawsuit, filed late last year, stems from a legal
battle after tribal member Winslow Friday killed a bald eagle without a
permit in 2005 to use in the tribe’s Sun Dance, the AP reported. A
federal judge dismissed the charges, saying it would have been pointless
for Friday to apply for a permit since they’re generally refused
anyway. Federal prosecutors appealed the decision and had Friday’s
criminal charge reinstated, to which he pleaded guilty and paid a fine.
“One of the goals of the current suit is to prevent any young men
like Winslow Friday from being prosecuted in the future for practicing
their traditional religious ceremonies,” Andy Baldwin, lawyer for the
tribe, told the AP.
In late 2007, senior tribe members appeared at a court hearing in
support of Friday. Nelson P. White Sr. — then a member of the Northern
Arapaho Business Council — said the birds American Indians have been
forced to get from repositories were rotten.
“That’s unacceptable,” White said at the time. “How would a non-Indian feel if they had to get their Bible from a repository?”
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