Cherokee student fights for eagle feather to worn at graduation

Posted at 10:40 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 23:40:17-04

Parents and students crammed into school board meeting fighting for their native rights to wear an eagle feather at their next graduation Monday night.

High school graduation is a special day for everyone—even more for native students who get the chance to put an eagle feather in their cap.

As the rules stand now, wearing an eagle feather won’t be allowed for Vian Senior Natalie Briggs.

Vian’s school policy makes it clear that students can’t alter or display anything on their gowns or caps.

In a district where more than half are native, wearing an eagle feather represents so much more.

"It’s an honor. If you have an achievement and you’ll get it… you receive it from somebody,” said Briggs.

Briggs is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Members of the tribe's attorney general's office spoke at the Monday night board meeting speaking in favor of Briggs native right to wear an eagle feather.

Vian’s superintendent told 2 Works For You they appreciate the input from the stakeholders and they’ll review policy and discuss it with students and parents.

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