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Federal agency agrees to allow Northern Arapaho Tribe to kill eagles for religious purposes
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ' Federal court records show the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to give an American Indian tribe in Wyoming a permit to kill two bald eagles this year for religious purposes.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe filed a lawsuit against the federal agency last year charging that its refusal to issue eagle permits violated tribal members' religious freedom.
Tribe lawyer Andy Baldwin says he believes the agency issued the permit in response to the lawsuit.
The Fish and Wildlife Service a few years ago prosecuted a Northern Arapaho man who killed a bald eagle without a permit for use in the tribe's annual Sun Dance.
The federal government allows American Indians feathers and body parts from dead eagles but it's rare for the agency to issue permits to kill eagles.