Denver, Co – A federal appeals court in Denver has
denied a Wyoming man's request for a new hearing on the issue of whether he should stand trial for shooting an eagle for use in his tribe's Sun Dance.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied the request from Winslow Friday of Ethete, Wyo.
Friday had asked the full appeals court to review a May decision
from a three-judge panel. The panel had overturned the decision of a federal judge in Wyoming who dismissed the criminal charge against Friday.
The Wyoming judge had ruled that Friday was unlikely to get a
permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to kill the bird even if he had applied for one. Friday's options now include asking the U.S. Supreme Court to
review his case, or proceeding to trial in district court. An attempt to reach Friday's lawyer on Monday was unsuccessful.