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Federal Judge Refuses to Drop Religious Freedom Case Involving Tribe’s Use of Eagle Feathers

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June 2, 2015, CNS

“The government has no business sending undercover agents to raid peaceful Native American religious ceremonies,” said Luke Goodrich, Deputy General Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, co-counsel in the case. “It’s time for an overbearing bureaucracy to face the music.”

“We were here today mainly because the government was trying to get rid of the case. It had given the feathers back to Mr. Soto and then claimed there was nothing else to be fighting over. But today, what happened was, the judge denied the government’s motion and said this case is going to go forward,” Goodrich added.