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Omaha Indian Nation Blesses New Eagle Mew

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-05 17:53:01-04

This past spring, Fontenelle Forest's Raptor Woodland Refuge added a bald eagle habitat.

Earlier this year, someone illegally shot Fisher and a portion of his wing was amputated.

He spent six months at the raptor recovery center regaining his strength, but sadly he still cannot fly.

Friday, the Chip Davis Eagle Mew officially opened.

“It’s like the dream finally came true,” Davis said. “We've been working on this for a while.”

Davis, Mannheim Steamroller Founder, often lends his 150-acre farm to raptor releases.  Fisher is named after his middle name.  He donated $350,000 to build the eagle mew for Fisher.

“When I had this opportunity to get involved with the bald eagle I just jumped at the opportunity,” Davis said.

Omaha Indian Nation blessed Fisher and his caretakers in his new home.

“Eagle is held at really high esteem because its considered a messenger between ourselves and to God,” Dr. Rudy Mitchell, Omaha Indian Nation said.

Dr. Mitchell said it’s customary to make sure an eagles feathers never hit the ground.

“We are really grateful someone has stepped up to ensure it survives for the rest of its life,” Dr. Mitchell said.

Fisher is serving as an education ambassador. Helping demonstrate the Native American concept harmony in life.

“They are like brothers and sisters to us,” Dr. Mitchell said.