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In the jailhouse now

Well, that’s one way to celebrate the Fourth of July

Gazette staff July 13th, 2011

Last week in Norman, a 50-year-old man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell a dead bald eagle and its feathers, according to The Norman Transcript.

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William Creepingbear could face up to five years in the pokey and a fine of $250,000 for attempting to make a profit on the bird and its feathers, which is the symbol of the good ol’ U.S. of A. Another Norman man, Tuhtaka Neshoba Wilson, is also indicted on the same charges and will go to trial in August, according to the Transcript.

Bald eagles have been protected since 1940, but American Indians — like Creepingbear and Wilson — can get a permit to obtain a dead eagle or its feathers from the National Eagle Repository in Colorado. Eagle feathers are often used in Native American ceremonies; however, federal law says selling dead eagles and feathers is a big no-no. (Note to self: Remove eBay listing pronto.)

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