Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Man pleads not guilty to selling eagle feathers in Oregon

Portland, Ore. (AP) – A man accused of illegally selling fans
made of eagle feathers has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District
Court.

Reginald Dale Akeen, 33, also known as J.J. Lonelodge, was
arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 12 and indicted in
Portland.

A complaint filed this month alleges that Akeen and a
coconspirator in Warm Springs, Ore., made several sales of eagle
feathers to an undercover agent, including two fans made from
juvenile golden eagle feathers.

On Friday, Judge Donald C. Ashmanskas upheld an earlier decision
that Akeen not travel outside New Mexico, where he lives, and
Portland, where he will be required to attend court
proceedings.

For Akeen, an American Indian, the decision means he will not be
allowed to travel to powwows elsewhere in the U.S. while his case
is pending.

At Akeen’s arraignment Friday, a federal prosecutor had
requested he not be allowed to attend powwows at all, saying he
made a living traveling the powwow circuit and selling eagle
feathers.

Akeen declined to comment.

He is one of four men arrested by federal fish and wildlife
agents in March after an investigation into the killing and
trafficking of parts of eagles and other protected birds.

The U.S. Department of Justice identified the other three as
Ricky Sam Wahchumwah of Granger, Wash., and Alfred L. Hawk, Jr. and
William Wahsise of White Swan, Wash.

Members of federally recognized Indian tribes can get permits to
possess eagle parts for religious purposes and can pass them on to
family members, but cannot sell them under any circumstances.

Eagles and other protected birds are viewed as sacred to Native
Americans and the feathers of the birds are used for other
religious purposes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the National Eagle
Repository, which collects eagles that die naturally to supply
tribal members with eagle parts for religious use.

Charges against Akeen carry prison terms of up to two years and
fines of $250,000 per offense. A two-day jury trial has been
schedule to start June 2.

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