We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Catholic and other institutions are forced by the Obama administration to provide for killing the unborn, contrary to their religious doctrine, but the Obama administration just granted the Northern Arapaho tribe permission to kill bald eagles for their religious freedom, even though US law prohibits the killing of bald eagles in almost all cases.
The agency’s decision comes after the Northern Arapaho Tribe filed a federal lawsuit last year contending the refusal to issue such permits violates tribal members’ religious freedom. Although thousands of American Indians apply for eagle feathers and carcasses from a federal repository, permits allowing the killing of bald eagles are exceedingly rare, according to both tribal and legal experts on the matter.
Far rarer than allowing the killing of unborn humans.
Promoted from the Comments: "If their permit is refused, then they should apply to construct a wind farm. Then wait." (The author is Earl. Anyone remember the TV show "My Name Is Earl." I didn't know he is a reader!)
What is with these agencies, arbitrarily passing new laws on their own?
Federal law absolutely forbids the killing of bald eagles, NO EXCEPTIONS. Only Congress is authorized make an exception, if it wishes. But it hasn't.
So now an unelected agency bureaucrat has the authority to formulate a new law, contradicting the law that Congress passed and the President signed?
What is happening to our Republic??
Dr. Everett V. Scott
Rule-making authority of the same nature as that the EPA operates under - they never have to go back to that pesky Congress for their regulations. I haven't done the research (mainly because I know what I'll find), but I'll bet that the USFAWS has a similar deal.
This is not about the Indian's right to kill eagles or even the Indian's religion. It is about the government's unwillingness to deal with this legal and moral mess we created with Indians. The solution to the problem the Indians face is to finally drop this pretense that they are living a traditional life in the 21st century. They are virtually prisoners of a reservation system. Sure they are free to leave but then they leave all the "goodies" the federal government has given them over the years to buy them off. They live in poor conditions but they do this because these poor conditions assure more goodies. The only solution will be to disolve the old treaties and reservations. Convert the land and other assets into corporations run by them and for them. Provide each tribal member a legitimate and definable "share" in that corporation. And provide them land, their own land with deeds and the same rights to do with it what they want that all Americans have. Allow them to be full citizens and not stuck in some limbo between the 14th and 21st century. Sure there will be those who object on both sides but the least they deserve is the same constitutional rights and responsibilities the rest of us have. Let's do it and be done with it and allow these people to make their own choices for their future.
"They live in poor conditions but they do this because these poor conditions assure more goodies."
If that's true, what would be the point of continuing to live that way? More goodies but still poor? Surely the poorest Indian tribe knows it is a loser's game. Unless, of course, they see this as the best/only way to maintain a traditional life style within the larger modern American society and to preserve their culture through their children. What I'm saying is that the Indians must be willing partners to the current situation or else they would have done what other ethnic groups do, which is to abandon old habits and seek a better life elsewhere. It doesn't take any drastic action to "allow these people to make their own choices for their future." I'd say they're already making the choice, except that their choice isn't what you or I might choose.
Quite a few years ago, I was up in Alaska, and I remember seeing a bunch of them there Majestic bald eagles flying around the local trash dump, lookin' for easy pickin's. Kind of ruined the exalted image I had of the nation's proud symbol.