Feds Approve Indian Tribe Permit to Kill Eagles For Religious Reasons, Not All Birds Of A Feather Are Allowed To Flock Together

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken the unusual step of issuing a  permit allowing an American Indian tribe to kill two bald eagles for religious  purposes.The agency’s decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming  filed a federal lawsuit last year contending the refusal to issue such permits  violates tribal members’ religious freedom. Federal law prohibits the killing of bald eagles, the national bird, in almost  all cases. The government keeps eagle feathers and body parts in a federal  repository and tribal members can apply for them for use in religious ceremonies.

Feds allow killing of protected birds as part of  Northern Arapaho religious ceremonies. Not all birds of a feather are able to flock together.

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