It’s graduation season and there are plenty of Native students celebrating their accomplishments across Native America. With all the excitement, there is often controversy when it comes to Natives wearing items connected to their culture – including eagle feathers. A ban on eagle feathers can be very upsetting and disrespectful to Native students and families who have high hopes of seeing a part of their culture represented during this milestone. Have you or a loved one been told you could not wear an eagle feather at graduation?
Courtney Jordan (Cherokee), federal Indian law and gaming attorney with Crowe and Dunlevy
RJ Morin (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa/Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) – University of North Dakota student
Hillary Kempenich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) – Chair of the Native American Parent Committee in Grand Forks, ND
Break Music: Nitohta (song) Asani (artist) Listen (album)