As Native students across the country get ready for graduation day, some will have to double-check school policy before adding traditional regalia when they accept their diplomas. Last month, Montana enacted a new law that ensures traditional tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies. It’s one of the bright spots in the yearly conflicts between Native students showing their Native pride and strict school administrators.
Cheska Not Afraid (Crow and Navajo) – graduating senior at Sky View High School
Jennifer Smith (member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, descendent of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa ) – director of Indian Education for Billings Public Schools
Dorothy Alther (Oglala Sioux) – executive director of California Indian Legal Services
Break Music: In The Balance (song) Sharon Burch (artist) Touch The Sweet Earth (album)