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Rosebud Sioux Tribe seeks probe into feather use

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has asked federal authorities to investigate the use of eagle feathers by non-Indians.

Tribal leaders said they were told that non-Indians were using feathers and other sacred items at a Sundance held on the reservation recently. They want to know if any laws were broken.

Federal law makes it illegal to possess, transport or sell eagle feathers or eagle items. An exception is granted to members of federally recognized tribes. One court has said non-federally recognized Indians can also possess feathers.

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Indians want probe into feathers (The Rapid City Journal 8/2)