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Bah Kho-je Xla Chi ~ Guest Victor Roubidoux (Iowa)

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The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma developed an eagle rehabilitation program in order to protect injured eagles and increase community awareness of wildlife and Native American culture. The Bah Kho-je Xla Chi (Grey Snow Eagle House) was completed in January 2006 through funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) and the Iowa Tribe. The Grey Snow Eagle House operates under two FWS permits. The Religious-Use Permit allows the Tribe to house eagles that are non-releasable due to the nature or severity of the injuries. This permit also allows the tribe to gather naturally molted feathers and distribute them to tribal members for use in cultural ceremonies. The second permit allows the Tribe to rehabilitate eagles for their eventual release. The Iowa Tribe is the first tribe in the country to be permitted through the FWS as Eagle Rehabilitators. As of November 2009, the Grey Snow Eagle House houses seventeen non-releasable eagles (five Golden Eagles and twelve Bald Eagles) which are cared for by the Aviary Manager, Victor Roubidoux. The aviary manager is a FWS certified eagle rehabilitator and an Iowa Tribal Elder. The Tribe has successfully rehabilitated three Bald Eagles and released them back into the wild. To date, the Iowa Tribe has received 3200+ visitors from around the world.

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