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Eastern Shoshone Tribe files brief in federal eagle permit case

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe submitted a brief in a lawsuit filed by the Northern Arapaho Tribe over a disputed eagle permit.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit for the Arapahos to kill two bald eagles. But it's not valid on the Wind River Reservation, which is shared with the Shoshones.

The brief, however, argues that the Shoshones share a stronger connection to the reservation because it was reserved to them by treaty. The Arapahos were later relocated there by the federal government.

"The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is the only tribe with aboriginal ties to this region, including all areas within the Wind River Indian Reservation," the brief stated, the Associated Press reports.

The Shoshones say the Arapahos should not be allowed to kill eagles on the reservation.

Get the Story:
Eastern Shoshone claim closer ties to land (AP 7/17)

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