New Federal Policy Supports Use of Feathers in Tribal Cultural and Religious Practices
October 16, 2012
Bald Eagle. Photo by Tim Kaufman/USFWS.
The Department of Justice issued a new policy Oct. 12, 2012 designed to support the cultural and religious practices of federally-recognized tribes and tribal members while protecting native migratory bird populations. The new policy clarifies and expands existing policy protecting the right of tribal members to posess and use feathers and other parts from eagles and other federally-protected migratory birds for cultural and religious purposes. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Justice conducted extensive consultation with tribal leaders and tribal groups in developing the new policy.
For more information about the policy, see the Department of Justice news release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/October/12-ag-1234.html
Learn more about the National Eagle Repository that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages: http://www.fws.gov/le/national-eagle-repository.html
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