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February 12, 2013
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Native Americans protest Nevada bear hunts

Native Americans from across the state sang and danced in opposition to bear hunts in Nevada as the aroma of burning sage filled the air outside the Nevada Legislature building Monday.

About 50 supporters of a bill to block bear hunting in the state converged on the building to protect "bear nation." Many Native Americans view the bear as a sacred animal and vehemently disapprove of the state allowing hunters to kill their "relative," said Raquel Arthur, representing the Pyramid Lake Paiute tribe.

"The bear is our elder," Arthur said. "We consider it a very sacred animal for spiritual belief …

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