US Bald eagle permit a victory for tribe

2012-03-17 21:21

Cheyenne - Members of a Wyoming American Indian tribe that recently received a federal permit allowing the killing of bald eagles for religious purposes say it's a victory for Indian sovereignty.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month granted a permit to the Northern Arapaho Tribe allowing it either to kill or capture and release two wild bald eagles this year.

Harvey Spoonhunter is a tribal elder and former chair of the Northern Arapahoe Business Council. He says the Northern Arapaho have always used eagles respectfully in their ceremonies.

Spokespeople for some conservation and animal rights groups question why the tribe can't meet its religious needs without killing wild eagles. They say the tribe could raise captive birds, or accept dead eagles and feathers from a federal repository.

  • Natasha - 2012-03-17 21:47

    This is just wrong.

      Lion - 2012-03-18 01:43

      Go hug a tree Natasha

      SL - 2012-03-18 13:21

      What's wrong with it?

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-18 07:49

    I think it's good. No one should ever be restricted from their traditions. As long as this doesn't lead to something like an extinction of the eagle, which will I bet never happen. And I also agree with the idea that they could raise these eagles that they wanna use in their ceremonies. Ensure that the eagles multiply...

      deon.karssen - 2012-03-18 08:52

      Their ceremonies are connected to the spirit of the hunter gatherer ... having a caged eagle doesn't comply with that aspiration. Like an artist that only paints from photographs which is not the same as one who goes out into the landscape and experiences it first hand.

  • Bruce - 2012-03-18 12:34

    The Inkas and others had the charming tradition of human sacrifice. May be should de-restrict that. Or is it all right for an animal but not a human?

  • James - 2012-03-18 16:21

    I respect their "Religion" But the Bald Eagle is a National symbol. On the Hudson in NY thousands gather to see these birds.Been in the US 34yrs never seen any American gather to look at an Indian in a Reservation.

  • Victor - 2012-03-19 12:58

    Savages !!!!!!!

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