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Elizabeth Warren: Must Try Harder

Mangas Colaradas shows Elizabeth Warren how it’s done. The Daily Mail reports:

A British man who has lived as an Apache Indian for the past 20 years will be allowed to keep badger paws and eagle wings in his home after charges against him were dropped. Father-of-six Mangas Colaradas, 60, was due to stand trial tomorrow for keeping protected wild animal parts in his semi-detached home filled with the trappings of his Native American lifestyle. But brave Mangas vowed to fight the court case on the grounds that it is part of his Apache lifestyle – even though he lives in a three-bed semi in Swansea, South Wales.

But today a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the proceedings had been discontinued before he gave his evidence. Mr Colaradas – born in Wales more than 6,000 miles from the plains of the Apache tribe – said: ‘I’m pleased they dropped it, it shouldn’t have come to anything in the first place. Common sense should have come into it far sooner but they just don’t understand my native way of life. ‘It’s been a big waste of money and a dreadful thing to have hanging over me. But I was always confident I would clear my name.’

He refuses to reveal his original name – he only answers only to his adopted name in honour of a famous Apache chief. Mr Colaradas was charged under the Protection of Badgers Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act over the badger and eagle relics. He had previously appeared in court wearing a ceremonial head dress, tassled jacket, suede moccasins and a snake’s head necklace to deny the charge at Swansea magistrates court…. The father-of-six began living a Native American lifestyle after he divorced from his wife in the early 1990s…

Mangas is currently working in Portsmouth where he is doing snake shows on the seafront for the summer season.

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