How Would You Respond If You Couldn’t Wear This at Your Graduation? Dress Code Won’t Allow Moccasins

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 29th, 2016 Last Updated on: August 29th, 2016

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Did you hear about this girl's struggle for her moccasins to be accepted as approved footwear for her high school graduation ceremony? The dress code for graduation was to be flat black dress shoes or with heels of 2 inches or less, and nude stockings. Dylan McCabe wanted to wear her moccasins and leg wraps along with a ceremonial dress as an expression of her Navajo heritage.

See more about the fight in this video from PopSugar.

As school is about to start back up this year, we hope we have learned something from this past year's graduation ceremonies – Let the Native kids wear their traditional clothing! It's not just the latest fashion trend, it's meaningful to them and their culture.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Nancy Paljevic Murphy

The dress code such leave traditional cultural outfits alone and worry more about the hooker outfits and heels. She looks beautiful!! I wish more people of diverse cultures and nationalities would wear their traditional dress outfits instead of those ugly over the top MTV wanna be sometimes questionable outfits.


She is a warrior! She makes her ancestors proud in such a time as this that her story can be shared through social media, with the world. There will always be those who make something out of nothing. Stand in the center.


I am in the blood line of Pocahontas, And quite frankly i would tell them to take their piece of worthless paper and make a roll of Hillery toilet paper out of it! You know where it goes from there “right,,,

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