New Mexico Federal Court Dismisses Most of Federal Criminal Charges against Navajo Citizen for Selling Hawk and Eagle Feathers

Here are the materials in United States v. Skeet (D.N.M.):

Not a bird

Duke Energy Renewables Reaches Settlement with DOJ over Eagle Deaths

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the deaths of golden eagles and other migratory birds at two of Duke Energy’s wind generation sites in Wyoming.

The DOJ brought misdemeanor charges under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for 14 golden eagle mortalities within the past three years at Duke Energy’s Top of the World Windpower Project and Campbell Hill Windpower Project near Casper, Wyo.

Press Release here.

Environmentalist Groups Challenge to Ocotillo Wind Energy Project Fails

Here are the materials in Protect our Communities Foundation v. Salazar (S.D. Cal.):

25-1 Protect Our Communities Motion for Summary J

28-1 Goverment Cross Motion

30-1 Ocotilla Cross Motion

41 DCT Order Granting Summary J for Government

Materials on the Quechan Tribe’s efforts are here.

Treaty Rights Challenge to Migratory Bird Treaty Act Prosecution Fails

Here are the materials so far in United States v. Crooked Arm (D. Mont.):

Crooked Arm Indictment

Crooked Arm Motion to Dismiss

US Response

Crooked Arm Reply

DCT Order Denying Motion to Dismiss

Federal Court Dismisses Employment/Whistleblower Claim against United Auburn Indian Community

Here are the materials in Garcia v. United Auburn Indian Community (E.D. Cal.):

Garcia Complaint

Magistrate Order

United States v. Akeen — Illegal Sale of Eagle Feathers at Powwow

Here is the indictment in United States v. Akeen (us-v-akeen-complaint). This is for a sale of eagle feathers at a powwow in Oregon, allegedly violative of the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Thanks to J. for the tip (also reported in Indianz).