When Winslow Friday shot a bald eagle out of a tree in a Wyoming Indian reservation four years ago, he was hoping to provide his cousin with a headdress for an upcoming Sun Dance. What he got were federal charges for killing the protected bird. It's a law his northern Arapaho tribe has argued in court violates American Indians' religious rights, reports the Los Angeles Times.
A federal judge sided with Friday, but an appeals court overturned the ruling, saying Friday could have applied for a permit or for a dead bird kept in a repository for such ceremonies. The Supreme Court has refused to hear Friday's case, so he's now preparing for a plea deal with prosecutors that will avoid a trial.