Erbe, Bonnie. "Should Tribes Be Permitted to Kill Eagles?" The Record
(Bergen County, NJ), December 10, 1999, L11.

["Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is backing a policy change that would
allow members of the Hopi tribe to remove baby eaglets from their nests and
sacrifice them in religious ceremonies. Not only would such a policy be
incredibly cruel on its face, it would pave the way for a variety of other
unbelievably inhumane abuses of protected creatures. As a proponent of the
multi-tonal fabric of our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society, I
understand the administration's desire to placate a Native American tribe.
Anyone who has read American history understands the incomprehensibly
abusive relationship between Uncle Sam and the hundreds of Indian nations
that populated what is now the U.S. of A. before our European forefathers
got here . . . But when native peoples, no matter how badly abused by us in
the past, seek to perpetrate equally senseless barbarities on helpless
creatures, we should stand on principle and use our awesome power to stop,
not to enable them."]


Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 21:41:19 -0800 (PST)
From: Jason Spaulding <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: Hopi Use of Golden Eaglets (Bonnie Erbe, 8 December 1999)
To: Peter Copeland <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Michael Jordan has previously written you regarding Bonnie
Erbe's article on Hopi taking of eaglets in Hopi Tutsqua
(homeland) which happens to be claimed by the United States
as a national monument. Ironically, the primary purpose of
the monument is to preserve ancient villages of the
Hisatsinom, whom the Navajo and some non-Hopi call Anasazi.

The Hopi never fought a war with the United States. The
tribe never signed a treaty, just or unjust, surrendering
one inch of Hopi Tutsqua. I have a map on my website
delineating Hopi Tutsqua; Wupatki is clearly within that
Indeed, Wupatki is a Hopi word.

When the United States acquired Mexican claims to Hopi
Tutsqua, it promised to respect the rights of Mexican
citizens, which the Hopi were, whether they accepted it or
not under Mexican law. Additionally, the United States
promised not to displace Indians from their homelands in
the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo.

Bonnie Erbe claims that:
U.S. government financial reparations to the native peoples
of America have
been reasonably generous and should continue well into the
next millennium.
The Hopi claim to the Wupatki area was dismissed by the
United States in a case known as Docket 196 in the Indian
Claims Court. A dirtier case of imperialism may not exist
in this country than Docket 196. A traitor lawyer, not even
representing a majority of the tribe, took pennies per acre
for a substantial portion of Hopi Tutsqua, including
Flagstaff, Arizona. The tribe has never accepted those
pennies. See as a starting reference, "The Disease of
Thinking in Essences: The U.S./Indian Relationship,
Specific to the Hopi 1830-1970"

See the maps on my website for Hopi Tutsqua, and how it has
been diminished by the United States.

Now the United States is seeking to curtail the exercise of
traditional religion in Hopi Tutsqua. The Hopi, in their
own peaceful way, have filed a petition to retain the
ancient practice of capturing golden eaglets, a practice
which in no manner threatens a species which is not
endangered. You should know that the petition itself is a
compromise of the premise that this knowledge is reserved
for Hopis of the appropriate clan and training. Mr.
Jordan's comments regarding the survival of only one chick
are backed up by scientific literature.

Let me turn it around for you. Many Indian traditional ways
forbid the consumption of alcohol. How would it be taken if
Indians passed laws forbidding Catholics to drink communion
wine, and threatened to arrest them if they did? Sacred
sites are not limited to the Hopi; many cultures depend on
sacred sites:

I am not Hopi, nor do I speak for anyone but myself. It is
my understanding that the eagle and its feathers are used
to take prayers to heaven. It is essential to certain
ceremonies, ceremonies which are far older than the United
States, Mexico or even Spain.

Bonnie Erbe finds this ceremony "incomprehensible" which
may reflect more on her intellect and spirituality than on
the Hopi. May I suggest that in the future, when you run
stories about Indians, that you at least require your
reporter to diligently seek a tribal point of view and
include the same fairly, rather than spewing her own
unilateral and half-baked opinions? Even the Park Service
has estimably presented the cultural history on the
official website, .
continuance of ancient traditions would exemplify a theme
of the Monument, harmony with nature, .

If Ms. Erbe is interested in promoting the survival and
enhancement of indigenous wildlife in the American West,
there are many challenges. I would be more than happy to
assist her in locating real issues and real threats for
future stories. This is not such.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of these

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