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    Dilkon man sentenced for selling eagle feathers

    Saturday, August 29, 2009

    A federal judge sentenced a Navajo Nation man to probation and community service for selling eagle feathers in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

    Cedric E. Salabye of Dilkon was sentenced Friday in federal court in Phoenix for selling 11 bald eagle tail feathers, according to a press release from the Justice Department. Salabye pleaded guilty in April to one count of a federal indictment charging him with selling eagle feathers in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Judge David G. Campbell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona sentenced Salabye to five years of probation, six months of home confinement and 150 hours of community service.

    At the time Salabye committed the violation in 2006, the bald eagle was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The bald eagle was removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2007. However, two other federal laws still provide protection for the bald eagle -- the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

    Eagles and other protected migratory birds are viewed as sacred in many Native American cultures, and the feathers of the birds are central to religious and spiritual Native American customs. By law, enrolled members of federally recognized Native American tribes are entitled to obtain permits to possess eagle parts for religious purposes, but federal law strictly prohibits the sale of bald and golden eagles or their feathers and parts under any circumstance.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the National Eagle Repository, which collects eagles that die naturally, by accident or other means, to supply enrolled members of federally recognized tribes with eagle parts for religious use.

    The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement and the Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    -- Sun staff report

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  • #2
    I'm really glad that they are finally cracking down on things like this.

    It's a shame that NDN people do this too. I've seen more the non-natives, but not so much selling them but obtaining them in not so (I'm not sure how to put it here) ways.

    A friend of mine and I were just talking about this very subject at the pow wow last week. She's from a res in SD and it's a shame how a lot of non-native's can so easily obtain Eagle Feather's, and yet there are some Natives that can't.

    It's a long waiting list for the DNR to obtain an Eagle through them. But there are reasons for that and this kind of stuff just makes it harder for those who are doing it the legal way.

    We see this kind of stuff all the time.


    • #3
      The ironic thing about the suspect's name is "Salabye" whidh is roughly translated as "son of an officer"!!


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