ICT – Principal Tells Graduating Native: Hide Your Eagle Feather Under Your Gown

Here, from Indian Country Today.  An excerpt:

Native high school student Waverly Wilson, who will be graduating soon fromLakes High Schoolin Lakewood, Washington has been told by an advisor and principal Karen Mauer-Smith that she would not be allowed to wear a gifted eagle feather on her tassel. Mauer-Smith instructed Wilson she could only wear an eagle feather is if she hid it under her graduation gown when walking to receive her diploma.

Wilson says the school has made her feel like she has to hide that she is Native American. “They said I have to have it inside my gown, and I could only have it out afterwards. So I could not have it when I was going out on stage.”

After first purchasing her cap and gown, Wilson asked her counselor and graduation advisor if she could wear her feather. Her counselor said no, and sent her to the principal.

 

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/05/13/principal-tells-graduating-native-hide-your-eagle-feather-under-your-gown-160348

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