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Cherokee students can wear ceremonial feathers to graduation

The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - October 26, 2018 10:46 am

VIAN, Okla. (AP) – Cherokee students will be able to wear eagle feathers to their graduation ceremonies at a northeastern Oklahoma school after the state suggested a ban restricts religious freedom.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wrote to Vian Public Schools Tuesday urging officials to allow a student to wear a ceremonial eagle feather to her graduation in May 2019.

Vian Public Schools declined a similar request from another student in May this year, saying students cannot alter their graduation caps.

The Cherokee Nation this month asked board members to grant a religious exemption for students who want to practice traditional Cherokee spirituality. Hunter’s letter arrived as school officials were considering the request.

Superintendent Victor Salcedo says the district will follow Hunter’s advice.

Vian is 90 miles southeast of Tulsa.

 

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