Ruined rite with bald eagle upsets Native Americans
The Denver Post
BOULDER – Darrell Pino said Monday he experienced “indescribable” heartache when a Native American ceremony to lay to rest a dead bald eagle was violated by the raptor’s later removal from a Boulder County park.
Pino, joined by several leaders of the Native American community, held a news conference Monday afternoon on the “disheartening” implications of the thwarted spiritual ritual involving the eagle.
Pino, a member of the Dine, also called the Navajo Nation, said he went through years of paperwork to obtain a permit for a deceased bald eagle for religious purposes.
The eagle came from the National Eagle Repository near Denver, a collection point for federally protected animals found dead. The law allows use of deceased eagles in Native American religious practice.
“You’ve got to have some kind of prayer life,” Pino said. “For us as a people it’s always been: ‘We have no rights. We have no religion.’ ”
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