Cherokee Nation Tribal Council considering funding cuts to some schools

The Tulsa World and The Associated Press - November 8, 2019 1:03 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is considering whether the tribe should cut funding to schools that bar Native American students from observing cultural practices during events.

The Tula World reports the council’s Rules Committee approved the proposal during a meeting on Oct. 31.

Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo says the measure seeks to address a “recurring issue” of reports of schools trying to impose restrictions on students’ hair length. Nimmo added schools also prohibit students from wearing eagle feathers on their caps during graduations.

She noted Native Americans use eagle feathers to symbolize noteworthy achievements. She also said there are often “very significant cultural and religious implications” linked to hair treatment.

The Tribal Council is scheduled to discuss the proposal during a meeting next week.

 

Latest Stories

Kaw Nation Asks for Return of Sacred Prayer Rock

LAWRENCE, KAN. (AP) — The Lawrence City Council has unanimously approved a measure to return a Native...

OSU’s Gundy among 6 in Oklahoma Sports HoF class

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy will be one of six inductees...

Bipartisan Data Privacy Legislation Filed

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to address concerns over data privacy and data manipulation was filed today...