Huy Opposes US Fish & Wildlife Proposal For Non-Indian Eagle Feather Use

Jul 1st, 2019

Today Huy submitted comments in opposition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Petition for Rulemaking regarding implementation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which would allow non-Indians to use eagle feathers:

Huy is concerned about the impact that the Petition’s proposed regulatory text would have on incarcerated Native Americans. The use of eagle feathers is of central importance to Native prisoners’ abilities to practice their religion while incarcerated, to find rehabilitation through ceremony, and to maintain the religious and cultural practices that allow them to be full, contributing members of their communities when they return home. The Petition’s proposed regulatory changes would significantly burden Native religious practice by exacerbating the problem of Native access to already-scarce eagle feathers and would facilitate the degrading appropriation of Native religious and cultural practices by non-Natives.

Read Huy’s comment letter here, as well as comments in opposition to the Rulemaking from the Native American Rights Fund.