Denver, Co – A federal appeals court in Denver says
that a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who killed a bald eagle
for use in his tribe's Sun Dance must stand trial.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed an
earlier decision by U.S. District Judge William Downes of Wyoming.
Downes in 2006 had dismissed criminal charges against Winslow
Friday. The judge said the federal government does no more than pay
lip service to the religious needs of American Indians.
Friday and the Northern Arapaho Tribe have argued that the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service commonly refuses to grant permits to
Indians to kill eagles for religious ceremonies even though federal
regulations say the permits should be available.