Arapaho man gives up fight over eagle shooting
A member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming whose shooting of a bald eagle led to a major court case is dropping his fight.

Winslow Friday, 25, plans to plead guilty to shooting the eagle without a federal permit after his final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected in February. "The attorneys say that [a trial] would be a losing battle," Friday told The Los Angeles Times.

The case highlighted what many say are the failures of the federal government to respect Indian religious beliefs. Tribal members can obtain eagle feathers, eagle parts and full birds from the National Eagle Repository but the process takes years.

Tribal members can also apply for a permit to take an eagle. But only three have been issued in more than 20 years, Friday's attorney said in a brief to the Supreme Court.

"People are fed with up with the federal government telling them: 'This is what you have to do for your religion. This is how we feel you should do it,'" Donovan Antelope, a spokesperson for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, told the Times.

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Bald eagle case raises issue of religious liberty (The Los Angeles Times 9/21)

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