Native American students attending public schools in North Carolina could be included in a bill to wear items such as feathers and plumes at graduation to show their cultural heritage, with final approval at the general assembly on Thursday. be.
After passing the state Senate unanimously, the House bill is heading to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk for his signature, which proponents say includes items related to Native Americans, including the dress code. It addresses the inconsistent decisions of schools in deciding whether to violate
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An appeals court ruling more than 40 years ago said schools could refuse students to attend graduation ceremonies if they did not follow the dress code, according to a briefing on the bill from a staff member of the General Assembly.
The measure had already been approved by the House of Representatives in March and received final approval as the state’s high schools finished their back-to-school graduation ceremonies. The bill will go into effect once Cooper signs it.
Proponents of the bill include Robson County Rep. One student said he could wear “culturally significant items” as part of his attire. graduation regalia. Feathers and feathers held sacred by many tribal members fit that definition, the law says.