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SWANSEA APACHE ESCAPES PROSECUTION

Friday August 24th, 2012
SWANSEA APACHE ESCAPES PROSECUTION

A Welsh 'Native American' has avoided prosecution for intending to use badger paws and eagle wings to make a ceremonial headdress. 60 year-old Mangas Colaradas has lived as an Apache for twenty years and was due to stand trial until the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case.

Mr Coloradas brought home the animal parts from Spain to his three bedroom semi in Swansea. The father of six who has adopted the name of the famous Apache Chief had been living in a teepee whilst abroad.

After appearing in court wearing a ceremonial head dress, tassled jacket, suede moccasins and a snake's head necklace he said, 'I'm pleased, but it shouldn't have come to anything in the first place... They just don't understand my native way of life. I'd never kill or hurt an animal. But as a native, when I find a dead animal I will eat it or use its body parts... I dress like this all the time. I'm not just some weekend Indian. I don't put it on to show off, I put it on because I want to wear it.'
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