Feds to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers - KOTA Territory News

Feds to allow Indians to possess eagle feathers


WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Justice Department is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime.
This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted about the policy announced Friday.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other laws criminalize the killing of eagles and possession of feathers and bird parts, but the Constitution and federal laws give tribes local sovereignty for self-government.
Tribal members will not be prosecuted for wearing or carrying federally protected birds, bird feathers or parts. They also may pick up feathers in the wild if they do not disturb protected birds or nests.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the policy will balance protection of eagles with respect for Indian cultural and religious

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

518 St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Telephone: 605.342.2000
Fax: 605.342.7305

Couldn't find what you were looking for?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - WorldNow and KOTA. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.