George James: Migratory Bird Act doesn't apply to Alaska tribes

"On Oct. 17 in the Anchorage Daily News and AP, there was an article on a Tlingit artist who was told he’s violating law by using feathers in his art work. U.S. Fish and Wildlife is using gunboat diplomacy, by might not right, to discourage artists like Archie Cavanaugh from practicing his inherent rights that are covered by the Grandfather’s Clause. Black’s Law states, “Grandfather Clause is a provision in a new law or regulation exempting those already in or a part of the existing system which is being regulated. An exception to a restriction that allows all those already doing something to continue doing it even if they would be stopped by the new restriction.”

Mr. Cavanaugh did not violate any traditional Tribal law which is superior to any law in the State of Alaska. Indian Tribal Justice Act Excite-TITLE (1) there is a government to government relationship between the United States and each Indian tribe; (Note: It does not say we have to be recognized by the BIA either.) ( 4) Indian tribes possess the inherent authority to establish their own form of government, including tribal justice systems."

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George Suckinaw James, Jr.: Regarding the AP article 'Tlingit Artist Told He's Violating Law' (The Juneau Empire 10/23)

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