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Ground Breaking Ceremony - Iowa Tribe Eagle Aviary/Rehabilitation Center
Southwest Region, September 1, 2005
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External Affairs, Native American Liaison, participated in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Eagle Aviary/Rehabilitation Facility held September 1, 2005, in Perkins, OK.  The Tribe competed successfully for a 2004 Tribal Wildlife Grant and was awarded $250,000 to complete the facility.  Non-releasable eagles will be housed in the facility and the molted feathers will be distributed to Tribal members for ceremonial purposes.  Injured eagles will also be rehabilitated at the facility and eventually released back to the wild.  The Ceremony was well attended and included the Chairperson Bernadette Huber, Vice-Chairman Frank Murray, other Tribal staff, and special guests.  The Ceremony included a ceremonial blessing of the site by the Tribal Medicine Man Frank McClennan, Jr.  Channel 9 News from Tulsa also covered the Ceremony. Project completion is slated for December 31, 2005.  The Tribe will invite Secretary Norton and Director Dale Hall to the Grand Opening and and have them present the first eagle.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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