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Why eagle feathers could land this Native American pastor in prison

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May 27, 2015, Washington Post

Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing Soto and other plaintiffs in the case against the Department of the Interior, said that he suspects that the government is seeking to limit eagle permits to members of federally recognized tribes to aid agents in the field.

“It just makes it much easier to figure out who is a Native American and who is not,” Goodrich said. “If the test was ‘are you a bona fide practitioner of a Native American religion,’ there’s no ID for that.”