Native Americans win approval from U.S. Government to use bald eagle feathers in religious ceremonies
Sunday, October 14 2012 @ 12:26 PM EDT
Contributed by: karenbills
The U.S. Government announced on Friday that it will allow Native Americans a special dispensation to use bald eagle feathers for tribal religious ceremonies.
The bald eagle has been protected under a federal mandate but since it is no longer listed as an endangered species, the Department of Justice now says tribes can possess the rare feathers provided they do not sell them.
The decision comes as a victory for Native Americans, who have long held that the stringent protection of the eagle feathers was a violation of their First Amendment right to religious freedom.
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