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Putnam City students learn about eagles

American Indian students in Putnam City School District attended an eagle presentation on Tuesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: January 30, 2013 at 6:49 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013

An eagle named Woody held the attention Tuesday of students enrolled in the Indian Education Program in the Putnam City School District.

Wildlife manager Victor Roubidoux and aviary assistant Harvey Coleman, from the Grey Snow Eagle House, presented a program about the eagle sanctuary and rehabilitation center. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma operates Grey Snow Eagle House in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

George Shields, Indian Education director for Putnam City, noted that American Indian tribal groups have many different cultures, languages and customs, but nearly all have a reverence and admiration for the eagle.

The symbol of the eagle is used in stories, dances and ceremonies of most tribes, Shields said.