Governor Cuomo recently told a touching story about a family vacation on Saranac lake where he discovered an eagle feather drifiting on the water, which he took home and placed on his mantle as a keepsake.

Unbeknownst to him - and probably most people - this simple gesture was against federal law, and could result in a hefty fine.

It's illegal for any non-Native American to possess an eagle feather - or any other part of this and a number of other birds.

So where does that leave the governor and his vacation memento?

Joe Heath, an attorney who represents the Onondaga Nation, explains more.