Students can wear Native American regalia at graduation under bill signed into law Friday

Christian Titman walks into Lamonica Stadium for Clovis High's graduation ceremony Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Clovis, Calif. The Native American student is wearing an eagle feather to his high school graduation after resolving a court fight with a California school district over the sacred object. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee via AP)

HELENA — As high schools prepare for graduation ceremonies across Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing Native American students to wear traditional regalia while marching to get their diplomas.

The bill signed Friday prohibits schools and government agencies from interfering with students who wish to wear eagle feathers, beads and other items of cultural significance.

In the past, some Native American students expressed disappointment and outrage after being told they couldn’t wear beaded mortar boards at graduation.

Not all Montana schools banned the practice but it was left to school boards and campus officials to decide whether to allow Native American regalia.


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