North Dakota just joined the handful of states guaranteeing Native students’ right to wear regalia during graduation ceremonies. It’s one of the highlights in the annual struggle to include eagle feathers and beaded mortar boards in commencement. Some schools adhere to strict dress codes and forbid students from adorning the traditional caps and gowns. The Native American Rights Fund sees it as an issue of free speech and religious expression. We’ll get a rundown of recent victories and setbacks toward recognizing the cultural significance of regalia at graduation.
David Gover (Choctaw/Pawnee) – senior staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund
Quinton Roman Nose (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes) – executive director for Tribal Education Departments National Assembly
Dr. Matthew Makomenaw (Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) – college pathways manager for the American Indian College Fund
Break 1 Music: Go My Son (ill Franklyn Remix) (single) Ill franklyn (artist)
Break 2 Music: Stadium Pow Wow (feat. Black Bear) (song) A Tribe Called Red (artist) Stadium Pow Wow (feat. Black Bear) (single )