Hunting Bald Eagles

The Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming has won the right to hunt two bald eagles for religious purposes. Before the permits were issued, which is a first for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (though permits have been given in the past for other types of eagles), Native Americans received their eagle parts from theĀ National Eagle Repository in Denver. The repository chopped up and defeathered dead eagles for those tribes who wrote in and requested them. Not surprisingly, the folks in Denver couldn’t keep up with demand.

It’s an interesting story, so go hear and read more at NPR.

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2 Responses to Hunting Bald Eagles

  1. Dan March 20, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I came here to see what other people think about this. I was disappointed in that regard, but I don’t doubt that this will be a very controversial topic!

    Personally, it is “ok” with me. On one hand, as an American this seems somewhat sacrilegious. But I need understand that these people have been practicing this stuff many generations before the white man imposed his will.

  2. U.P. March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    “Chopped up” and “defeathered” make it sound like there is something wrong with Native Americans utilizing Eagles for their religious rituals. Is Cold Splinters anti-Native American?

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