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Supreme Court Ruling May Criminalize Native American Religious Practices


The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case of a Northern Arapaho man who shot an eagle for the use of his tribe’s Sun Dance, and may receive a sentence of up to a year in jail and fines on the charges made against him.

Winslow Friday, from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming acknowledged shooting the bald eagle in 2005 for tribal religious use, which required an eagle taken from the wild.  

Although a district court judge dismissed charges of violating eagle protection laws, the 10th Circuit Court in Denver reinstated the charges against Friday, contending that the government’s compelling need to preserve the bald eagle population outweighed hindrances to Friday’s religious rights and practices.  

The bald eagle has been de-listed under the Endangered Species Act because of increased numbers throughout the nation.  But, it remains shielded by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

As of now, enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are able to apply for eagle carcasses from the National Eagle Repository near Denver, usually after a lengthy wait. 

Senior staff attorney with the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colo., observes, “It takes several years to get a complete eagle carcass and then that carcass is often in a state of decomposition such that much or all of it cannot be used for the purposes for which it was sought in the first place.”

Unfortunately, this is merely one example in which Native American religious practices are hindered by the Federal Government.  Reform for such policy is needed, such as a partnership between tribes and the Fish and Wildlife Service in order to allow for religious practices to be properly carried out, while at the same time preventing Eagles from making it back on the Endangered Species list.

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The Dalai Lama visits Ann Arbor

The Dali Lama is in Ann Arbor this weekend and I urge everyone to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Dalai Lama at Crisler Arena from the Free Press


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Why Obama was Right

Obama Tells the Truth

“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them.  And they fell through the Clinton Administration and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.  And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”

It’s now been more than a week since Barack Obama uttered those words.  In the intervening time, Hillary Clinton and John McCain have bashed him as an elitist and Obama himself has said that he chose his words poorly.  Maybe if the goal is to win a presidential campaign, he did, but if the goal is to tell the truth, he was right-on. (more…)

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Douche of the Day: The Media

2008 has had it’s Dukakis in a tank moment. Desperately searching for that one moment that, despite an utter lack of policy implications can define an election, they may have found it. Just a few years after launching Barack Obama’s candidacy with fawning descriptions political abilities, they have decided to kill it. Profits and profits alone drive media coverage, and the profit maker de jour is out of context quotes from Barack Obama’s ex-pastor.


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The "race" for the White House

Pardon Zach Martin’s unfunny title, but Obama’s speech yesterday has generated a lot of discussion (see Tom Duvall’s post yesterday). Here’s an overview of press and pundit reactions, humorously compiled by NYMagazine.

• Maureen Dowd was pleased that Obama was confident enough to walk into a gray area, regarding his relationship with Reverend Wright, and step down from his pedestal for a moment. [NYT]

• The Wall Street Journal editorial board was completely unimpressed: “His ideas are neither new nor transcendent,” they groused. [WSJ]

• Dan Balz said the speech, a test of leadership, went beyond a political rescue mission and will live on beyond his presidency. [Trail/WP]


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