“We believe because the eagle flies so high it carries our prayer to the creator so of course we always respect and hold high regard for that eagle because of that responsibility and role that it does have,” said Lacee Harris a medicine man from the Northern Ute Tribe.
Harris grew up in
One of the places Harris uses his sacred eagle feather is at the Huntsman Cancer Institute where he volunteers weekly to help those who are ill and want a blessing.
As of Friday, the division of Wildlife Resources says 42 bald eagles have died and six are in rehabilitation at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. DWR says the birds are in serious condition and will likely be there for months. However, they do say less reports of ill eagles are coming in and that is something Harris is calling a blessing itself.
“Our prayers our being answered because our sacred objects are being taken care of by our prayers,” said Harris.
DWR was not available for an interview Friday, but when asked if they plan to pick up the dead eared grebes along the shore of the