Wyoming Arapaho, Shoshone Tribes Conflicted Over Killing Eagles

Wyoming Arapaho, Shoshone Tribes Conflicted Over Killing Eagles

The Northern Arapaho tribe says neither the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service nor the Eastern Shoshone Tribe has the right to prevent the Arapaho from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on the central Wyoming reservation the two tribes share.

The Fish and Wildlife Service this spring granted the Northern Arapaho Tribe a permit to kill two bald eagles for use in the tribe's Sun Dance. The federal agency said the permit was only good outside the Wind River Indian Reservation because the Eastern Shoshone opposed the killing.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe filed court papers on Thursday saying the federal permit is meaningless because the state of Wyoming prohibits killing eagles off the reservation. The tribe says prohibiting it from killing eagles violates its religious freedoms.

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