March 2nd, 2017 Last Updated on: March 2nd, 2017
A hot topic that comes up time and time again across Turtle Island – will they let graduating seniors wear eagle feathers, beaded ball caps or moccasins to graduation ceremonies? A senate bill in Montana hopes to answer that question will a resounding yes!
As reported by the Billings Gazette, Senate Bill No. 319 would allow students to wear “traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance” at public events like graduation. It would prohibit state agencies or local governments, including schools, from banning such garb.
As it stands now, most schools vary on their answer to allowing anything besides the usual cap and gown. Some allow decorations on the cap, some will allow only the feather and no other decorations. I know some schools are afraid to change the rules as they feel it will open the floodgates and everyone will want to do something different.
How do you guys feel? As long as it's not offensive, I'm all for the kids expressing their individuality and cultural heritage.
Photo by Hannah Potes, Gazette Staff
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