Colorado’s Gold King Mine spill sent millions of gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River this past summer. More than 130 miles away in New Mexico, along the San Juan River, the environmental disaster is making the Navajo Nation rethink itself.
For centuries, Native Americans have viewed the eagle as their link to the Creator of all living things. Now, from the National Eagle Repository just outside Denver, the United States government controls access to this sacred creature. The question remains: Whose bird is it?