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Indian inmate settles religious rights lawsuit


A member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has settled his religious rights lawsuit.

Andrew John Yellowbear is serving a life sentence in state prison for the beating death of his 22-month-old daughter. He claims corrections officials denied him the right to use eagle feathers.

Yellowbear wanted 10 feathers but agreed to four in a settlement approved in federal court. He was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in the lawsuit.

Separately, Yellowbear is challenging the state's prosecution of his daughter's death. He claims the incident took place in Indian Country, an issue that is being addressed in federal court.

Get the Story:
Man, prison settle religion lawsuit (The Jackson Hole Star-Tribune 7/30)

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