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Cherokee students can wear ceremonial feathers to graduation


October 26, 2018

VIAN, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma school district has reversed its graduation dress code policy to allow Cherokee students to wear eagle feathers at the ceremonies, after the state suggested a ban restricts religious freedom.

Federal law restricts the possession of eagle feathers but allows tribal members to use them for religious or spiritual purposes. Cherokee citizens must receive special tribal approval to legally possess feathers, officials said.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wrote to Vian Public Schools Tuesday urging officials to allow student Natalie Briggs to wea...

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