Northern Arapaho win suit for the legal taking of an Eagle on the Reservation

(Ethete, Wyo.) - The Federal Government had dropped its opposition to the Northern Arapaho Tribe's taking of Eagles for traditional ceremonies on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The decision came down this past week when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped its appeal of a court decision from March of last year that permitted the occasional taking of an eagle for religious purposes. In a news release issued by the Tribe, the decision to drop the appeal "upholds Arapaho sovereignty and ceremonial protections." A permit is still required for the taking of an eagle, and the Tribe indicated "it expects to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the next couple of months to get one into place." "On behalf of the entire Northern Arapaho Business Council, we would like to thank our Tribal Elders who have taken the lead on this case to protect our most sacred ceremonies and the importance of the eagle to those ceremonies and our way of life. We could not have obtained this bictory without their efforts and prayers, and we are grateful," NABC Chairman Dean Goggles said. The full text of the Tribe's news release is copied below: [image: Inline image 1] *Feature Photo: Bald Eagle. (h/t BLM / Pitchengine Communities) * #county10 #news