School agrees to let students wear eagle feathers to graduation after Oklahoma attorney general intervenes

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Source: Tulsa World

With the state’s attorney general agreeing with the Cherokee Nation that it’s a matter of religious freedom, a school district in eastern Oklahoma will reverse its policy and allow students to wear eagle feathers to graduation ceremonies, officials said Tuesday.

 

In a formal letter Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter urged schools officials in Vian, 90 minutes southeast of Tulsa, to grant a student’s request to wear a ceremonial eagle feather to her graduation in May. The Vian district refused a similar request by a student to wear a feather to ceremonies last May.

 

Cherokee Nation intervened earlier this month, pleading with board members to grant a religious exception for students who practice traditional Cherokee spirituality.

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