Legal Eagles

I suppose that legal eagles have legal feathers. Or, at least these LEOs did:

Native American police officers did not break the law by burying eagle feathers with two slain Rapid City officers in order to honor them, a federal prosecutor said, rejecting a call to bring charges by an American Indian group.

Representatives of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council contend that the Native American officers had no right to possess the eagle feathers because they aren’t enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe.

Oh my. Two men, sword peace officers, are dead because of the apparent death wish of a loose cannon. Fellow officers wish to honor the departed in accordance with their cultural context–and we are going to throw the book at them?
If this is not an example of pettiness, I am not certain I would recognize it.