Tribe Calls On Feds To Drop Appeal Blocking Use Of Bald Eagles For Ceremonial Purposes



Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Northern Arapaho Tribe is calling on the federal government to drop a legal appeal that’s blocking the tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on the central Wyoming reservation it shares with another tribe.

The federal government in June appealed this spring’s decision by U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the religious rights of the Northern Arapaho by denying the tribe permission to kill bald eagles for its annual Sun Dance.

Fish and Wildlife Service officials had issued a permit to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in 2012 allowing tribal members to kill two bald eagles for the ceremony provided they could only be killed outside the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Northern Arapaho share the reservation with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, which has its own religious grounds for opposing…

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