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Gov't to allow Indians to
possess eagle feathers

Associated Press, by Pete Yost

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 10/12/2012 6:02:10 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 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 in advance about the policy the department announced Friday. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other federal wildlife laws criminalize the killing of eagles and possession of feathers and bird parts, but the Constitution and federal laws also give tribes local sovereignty for self-government. Under the new policy, tribal members will not be prosecuted

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I hear there is no truth to the rumor that this was Elizabeth Warren's idea.

Ugh!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 10/12/2012 6:04:53 PM     (No. 8929048)

If I think I was told I was an Indian, and continue to believe it after it was proven false, can I keep these feathers?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 10/12/2012 6:12:06 PM     (No. 8929062)

But the College of William and Mary was required by the NCAA to remove the two feathers from the school's logo because it was deemed to be racist.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno, 10/12/2012 6:32:30 PM     (No. 8929084)

Well that's mighty White of 'em...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: crimea river, 10/12/2012 6:41:34 PM     (No. 8929091)

If they can perform a sex-change with the stroke of a pen down at the Canadian birth certificate office, I'm sure your tribal affiliation can be declared just as easily.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: lydwho, 10/12/2012 7:19:12 PM     (No. 8929151)

Can Hillery keep hers????

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lefticide, 10/12/2012 8:53:16 PM     (No. 8929319)

Biden's Indian name is "Lies-through-teeth".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nonsense, 10/12/2012 9:02:28 PM     (No. 8929329)

I thought that the Smithsonian, or some government organization, keeps a stash of eagle feathers for American Indian tribes so that no eagles will be harmed by the plucking of feathers. Anyone else remember this bit of wisdom?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: elduhranch, 10/12/2012 10:01:00 PM     (No. 8929420)

Yeah but they hump all the buffaloes they want.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: doublesharp, 10/13/2012 12:51:08 AM     (No. 8929573)

I live near a river and sometimes find hawk feathers on the ground. I pick them up and store them in an opened jar. Am I a felon?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: danu, 10/13/2012 4:38:23 AM     (No. 8929676)

In New Mexico, Indians have always possessed eagle feathers, iirc. Usually, they collect them from the ground.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/13/2012 8:39:15 AM     (No. 8929903)

It's okay for native indians to possess eagle feathers for their religious ceremonies but it's not okay for catholics to retain their right not to pay for abortion & sterilization. What's wrong with this picture?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Philoctetes, 10/13/2012 2:01:39 PM     (No. 8930590)

Is this what No. 5 is referring to? http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-10-27/news/0010270199_1_pardon-convicted-hillary-rodham-clinton/2

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