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  • Resource Database / Crafts & Indigenous Skills / Birds & Feathers / Legislation

    Resources: 7 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    Eagle Protection Act
    16 USC Sec. 668 (01/24/94) - TITLE 16 - CONSERVATION - CHAPTER 5A - PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF WILDLIFE - SUBCHAPTER II - PROTECTION OF BALD AND GOLDEN EAGLES - Sec. 668. Bald and golden eagles This law provides for the protection of the bald eagle (the national emblem) and the golden eagle by prohibiting, except under certain specified conditions, the taking, possession and commerce of such birds. The 1972 amendments increased penalties for violating provisions of the Act or regulations issued pursuant thereto and strengthened other enforcement measures. Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act. The 1978 amendment authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to permit the taking of golden eagle nests that interfere with resource development or recovery operations. (See also the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act.)
    Effect of Pennsylvania game laws on American Indians' a reply to an inquiry in the NativeNet Listser
    "Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Part 22 Section 22.22 (often referred to simply as 50 CFR 22.22) Eagle Permits, Permits for Indian Religious Purposes. This regulation permits the "taking, posesssion, and transportation of bald or golden eagles, or their parts, nests, or eggs for the religious use of Indians." Briefly, you must submit a completed application form to the Department of Interior which provides basic information (name, address, etc), as well as certification from the BIA that you are "Indian" and a certification (usually just a signature on the form) from a duly authorized official of the religious group that you are authorized to participate in bona fide tribal religious ceremonies (defined as ceremonial and/or cultural activities)."
    More sites on nativenet.uthscsa.edu
    Federal Eagle Feather Permit for Religious Purposes
    50 CFR Sec. 22.22, FEDERAL EAGLE FEATHER PERMIT for RELIGIOUS USES Title 50, CHAPTER I, SUBCHAPTER B, PART 22, Subpart C Sec. 22.22 Permits for Indian religious purposes. The Director may, upon receipt of an application and in accordance with the issuance criteria of this section, issue a permit authorizing the taking, possession, and transportation of bald or golden eagles, or their parts, nests, or eggs for the religious use of Indians.
    More sites on www.iwchildren.org
    Illegal to Possess - by Aliess M. Brady
      US - Northeast
    If you are neither a hunter nor a shopper, the dangers you face are legal rather than spiritual. Perhaps chief among the illegal practices in Native American spirituality is the widespread use of ceremonial tools (fans, wands, necklaces, altar ornaments) made from feathers, talons, teeth, bones and hides of animals, the possession of which may or may not be legal from state to state or year to year. Be aware that instances of entrapment have been reported.
    Migratory and Insectivorous Bird Protection Program (16 U.S.C. 701 et seq.)
    "SUBCHAPTER II - MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY : 703. Taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds unlawful. / 704. Determination as to when and how migratory birds may be taken, killed, or possessed. / 705. Transportation or importation of migratory birds; when unlawful. / 706. Arrests; search warrants. / 707. Violations and penalties; forfeitures. / 708. State or Territorial laws or regulations. / 709. Omitted. / 709a. Authorization of appropriations. / 710. Partial invalidity; short title. / 711. Breeding and sale for food supply. / 712. Treaty and convention implementing regulations; seasonal taking of migratory birds for essential needs of indigenous Alaskans to preserve and maintain stocks of the birds; protection and conservation of the birds."
    More sites on www.law.cornell.edu
    National Eagle Repository: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
      US - West
    For hundreds of years, Native Americans have used eagle feathers for religious and cultural purposes, including healing, marriage, and naming ceremonies. In recognition of the significance of these feathers to Native Americans, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the National Eagle Repository in the early 1970's to provide Native Americans with the feathers of golden and bald eagles needed for religious purposes.
    UK DETR - Wildlife Crime
    Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Wildlife Crime & Wildlife Inspectorate -- Wildlife conservation legislation will be of limited value if it is not effectively enforced. Whilst the DETR is not a statutory enforcement agency and cannot take prosecutions itself, we work very closely with the Police and HM Customs & Excise in support of our wildlife conservation responsibilities.

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