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Meskwaki Settlement (Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi), Iowa

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A Toledo man pleaded guilty in federal court June 22 to illegal possession of bald eagle parts. Gerald W. Olive admitted he possessed the head of an adult bald eagle without the required permit. The Bald Eagle Protection Act makes it illegal to possess the birds' feathers without a permit from the National Eagle Repository in Denver. Court documents show that on Feb. 6, 1998, officials seized nine eagle heads and bags of eagle feathers from the residence of Lonnie Street at the Meskwaki Senior Citizens apartments. Walter Kocal, special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said he had reason to believe that Oliver, an American Indian but not a member of the tribe, had been killing eagles. He also believed the eagle parts were at Street's residence. Authorities stopped Oliver's van after it left the Meskwaki settlement Feb. 5, 1998. Eagle feathers, some of which were part of decorative or apparel items, were discovered in the van, Kocal's affidavit reports. Oliver faces a penalty of a year in prison and a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced Sept. 26.