Graduation Walk Out (education)

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JUNE 6 2013

"she had also been influenced by the Canadian First Nations “Idle No More” movement"

DULUTH, MINNESOTA- A valedictory address delivered by a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa at Sunday’s graduation exercises at Bayfield High School led to a protest walkout by about 15 Native American students Monday.

Victoria Gokee-Rindal, a member of the Class of 2013, departed from the text of her remarks on Sunday, charging that racial insensitivity and disrespect for students who are tribal members are ongoing issues at the school, and part of a larger problem.

“Why is it that Native students of the Bayfield School District are made to feel like they have to check their Indian-ness at the door?” she asked in her address, also asserting that teachers who stood up for Native American students were treated with disrespect for that support.

On Wednesday, Gokee-Rindal said she felt compelled to make the remarks to call attention to what she said was a pervasive issue at the school.

“I felt like I had the opportunity to really address my community and the school, and I wanted to take full advantage of that,” she said.

Gokee-Rindal said she had been encouraged to take the stand by a number of women in the Red Cliff community.

“I was given an eagle feather and tobacco to bring up certain issues at graduation, to get the word out,” she said.

Gokee-Rindal said her main concerns were about “basic human rights.”

She said she had also been influenced by the Canadian First Nations “Idle No More” movement in support of indigenous rights...


Poarch Creek Student Fined for Wearing Eagle Feather at Graduation

By: Native Voices United - USA/Canada online radio




High School Phone Number: (530) 493-2697


Mike Matheson Superintendant:


The Principal is Angelika Brown:


By Trish Glose/KTVL.comHAPPY CAMP, Cal. -- A high school student, getting ready to graduate from Happy Camp High school, wanted to celebrate her heritage by wearing a basket cap with her gown. Her principal told her no.Now, Cheyenne Moore's mother is upset her daughter isn't allowed to wear it. Leslie Moore says her daughter is part Karuk. Along with necklaces and beads, females traditionally wear basket caps.My daughter is very in to her culture and the principal said she was not allowed to because the traditional caps were part of the ceremony, said Moore.Mike Matheson, with the Siskiyou Union High School district says students are only allowed to wear the traditional caps and gowns at all the high schools in the district. He says in Happy Camp, seniors are encouraged to wear traditional beads and necklaces to represent their heritage.Any other head gear other than a traditional cap is not allowed, Matheson said.Moore says her daughter is upset, her culture is very important to her and it's a big part of the community here in Happy Camp and people in the past have worn their caps.She says her daughter wanted to use the traditional cap in the ceremony, too when it was time to move the tassle and when the other students threw the caps into the air. Moore says her daughter plans on wearing the basket cap anyway, even though she was asked not to and said, I'll back her up 100 percent.Matheson says any student wearing anything other than the standard cap and gown will not be allowed to proceed.