Eagle feathers still hard to come by for Natives
The Interior Department has removed the bald eagle from the list of threatened and endangered species but Native Americans still need a permit to obtain eagle feathers and parts.

The bald eagle and the golden eagle remain protected by two federal laws. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibit the killing, possession, sale or transport of the two birds.

The U.S. Forest Service has a process for Native Americans to obtain eagle feathers and parts. But it can take up to four years to receive a complete golden eagle, the most sought after bird.

A Northern Arapaho man from Wyoming won a court decision that said the permitting process infringed on Native religious rights. The Bush administration is appealing the case.

Get the Story:
Eagle feather laws still in place (The Tahlequah Daily Press 7/17)

Eagle Feather Court Decision:
US v. Friday (October 16, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Division of Bald Eagle Management - http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/baldeagle.htm
National Eagle Repository - http://www.r6.fws.gov/law/le65.html

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