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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Reintroduces Resolution Recognizing The Eagle Staff As The First Flag Of The Sovereign Native American Tribal Nations

April 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi reintroduced his resolution to recognize the Eagle Staff as the first flag of the sovereign Native American tribal nations and encourage programs promoting its cultural significance. The Eagle Staff, often carried by Native American veterans, consists of a shepherd’s staff wrapped in either otter skin or buffalo skin and eagle feathers.

“Our Native American communities have suffered, especially during this pandemic, and this recognition of a significant tradition and symbol I hope send a message of love and support to them,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “We are lucky to have the Tricker Cultural Center in my district. For generations, the Eagle Staff has represented the Native American communities, and it is long overdue for the United States Government pay its respects in this way. This flag represents tribal sovereignty, unity, and tradition, and the strength of the Native American community makes the entire United States stronger.”

“This is a proud day to share the history of the Native American Veterans' way to honor those who have given their lives for this country with Eagle feathers,” said Joe Podlasek, CEO of the Trickster Cultural Center for Native American art and an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe tribe. “Sharing this historic fact of the Eagle Staff does not take away from the Flag of the United States but rather adds to the prehistory and values of the First People of these lands, Native American Veterans/Warriors. With Native American having the highest percentage per capita of any other race of people to serve historically at 22%, for the United States Military and using our language to win some of the most important wars in United States history, shows our respect for the Country and protecting the homelands and holding our values of the Eagle Staff at the same time. Thank you for your support.”

The text of the resolution is available here.