High School Prevents Senior from Wearing Native American Regalia During Graduation

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A high school senior from Oklahoma was told he could not wear Native American regalia during his graduation ceremony in May.

Senior Tvli Birdshead, who attends Latta High School in Ada, Oklahoma, told KFOR that he hoped to wear his Chickasaw Nation honor cord, a beaded cap, and a feather during the graduation ceremony. Two tribes in Oklahoma have given students honor codes to wear when they walk across the stage as a rite of passage, but it is against Latta High’s dress code policy, according to the news station.

Wearing eagle feathers and plumes are symbolic in Native American culture and are given when someone reaches a milestone in their lives, according to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). “Wearing these things is acknowledging that this is the step to a higher education,” Birdshead told the news station.

Taloa Birdshead, the student’s mother, told Yahoo Lifestyle…

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3 comments

  • Cinn

    It’s ridiculous that so often the original people of this land have to jump through hoops to celebrate themselves and even to just live. F*cking ridiculous. Allow this young man to wear his culture for heavens sake.

  • coloradoerik3030

    I agree with Cinn and I truly don’t understand how common sense seems to immediately fly out the window in situations like this. Clearly, the feathers, the beaded cap and the cord are important cultural traditions for this family and these tribes. In addition, school and/or district policy should never override the state House Bill that forbids school districts from prohibiting the use of culturally appropriate attire. This is white supremacy folks.

  • Pamela

    This, as natural hair styles for African Americans/Blacks is a hard pill to swallow for the privileged. They want so badly for everyone to “want to be like them” that knowing and seeing that few people want that makes them feel threatened. They’ve been taught that others who don’t look like them, should act like them, so that they will feel comfortable and important.

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