The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has a rule that would allow for the taking of Eagles since 2009 with a permit. This law would allow the killing of the American Bald Eagle for Ceremonial purposes.
Our Bald Eagle has been a Symbol for America since June 20, 1782. Our Bald Eagle represents Strength, Power, Bravery, and Freedom. You will see the Bald Eagle images just about everywhere you go and see it's images on coins, seals, emblems and in the Military.
There are Federal Laws in place that protect them under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act even though is has been delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
Native Americans have been using Eagle parts for their ceremonies, religious and cultural purposes for 100's of years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife in the 1970's established the National Eagle Repository for Native American so to provide them with feathers, carcasses and parts of both the Bald and Golden Eagle.
The Native Americans must enroll and be recognized tribes to be able to possess Eagle parts and feathers. When granted a permit, they are allowed 10 Quality loose feathers which takes approximately 6 months to receive.
The recent permit issued to the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming, gives them permission to kill two Bald Eagles to use for their ceremonies. When Eagles die or are killed, their feathers and body parts are delivered to the Federal Repository for safe keeping and the Native American Tribes are able to apply for permits to use their body parts and feathers for their ceremonies. Eagles have approximately 7000 feathers.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming could apply for a permit to use Eagle feathers for their ceremony. Instead they filed for a permit to kill two Eagles so they can have "fresh" feathers because they feel it violates their religious freedoms. Eagles are dying and being killed daily and sent to the Federal Repository for safe keeping for their religious ceremonies.
Our American Bald Eagle is protected and has rights. This law must be changed to protect our Bald Eagles from intentional killings.
We are encouraging you to suggest a modification of the existing permit. Wildlife rehabs : dated euthanized eagles(calendered) be able to fill the prescription of 2 eagles that the permit covers for off the North Arapaho Indians Reservation ~in lieu of the hunting & killing permit.
We are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to remove our American Bald Eagle from your taking of the Eagles rule that is granted by permits to kill them, and make it a law that under no circumstances will an American Bald Eagle be intentionally killed for ceremonial purposes.
This permit issued opens the door for other Eagle kills for ceremonial purposes.