For countless generations, Native Americans have used eagle feathers in sacred ceremonies. Those of bald eagles, in particular, play a prominent role.
But federal law closely protects all eagles, and distribution and possession of their feathers is carefully controlled. Except for the Hopi, it is also illegal to take eaglets from nests in order to raise them for their feathers.
Ganado, AZ – The new2010 census shows a steady growth in the Native American population over the past ten years across the southwest. But the country's largest Indian reservation, the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region, actually saw its population shrink by 3 percent. In the final installment of our Fronteras series Sensing Change, Daniel Kraker (PR: CROCKER) visited the small reservation town of Ganado, Arizona, to find out where the people are going.
SFX1: bring up sound of bustling hallway at Ganado High School under track
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation originally would have required a candidate to produce a certified copy of a long form birth certificate which would have to include the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and any attending physician, and the signatures of any witnesses in attendance. Senators did agree to provide alternatives for those who do not have such a document, including a baptismal certificate, postpartum medical record, or affidavits of two people who were present at birth. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure is illegal.
Flagstaff, AZ – Each spring, common black hawks soar into Arizona skies from their wintering grounds in Mexico. These large, coal-black raptors, with distinctive white-banded tails, will spend six months here breeding, nesting, and raising young.
In courtship, black hawks put on spectacular aerial displays. They soar, twirl, and exchange sticks as they dive and issue their shrill call. Once mated, they construct their nests, almost always in the tallest cottonwood or sycamore alongside flowing water.