Tribal religion trumps eagle protection

Farquhar, Brodie
November 2006
High Country News;11/13/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 21, p4
The article shares the author's insights on the mandate of the U.S. government regarding the protection of eagles which are used for ceremonial purposes in tribal religions. Congress has banned the killing of bald eagles in 1940, then modified the law in 1962 to protect golden eagles as well. Such ruling is expected to set a Supreme Court battle opposing American Indian tribes against the government mandate. U.S. District Judge William Downes asserts that while the government is protecting eagles, it is also important that Indian tribes and their cultures will be preserved. Meanwhile, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico has addressed the issue by operating their own eagle aviaries.


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