In hearing a case about four non-Indians with eagle feathers in their possession, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals also said:
"The court, however, said non-federally recognized Indians are entitled to possess eagle feathers and parts. The Interior Department was ordered to pay Joselius Saenz, a member of the terminated Chiricahua Apache Tribe of New Mexico, $40,000 and return his eagle items.
Even federally recognized Indians have trouble obtaining eagle feathers. The National Eagle Repository's waiting list is five years long."
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