Lemoore High's Native American grads allowed to wear eagle feathers
A civil rights controversy involving the right of Native American students to wear an eagle feather with their caps and gowns at graduation erupted at Lemoore High in the days leading up to Thursday night's commencement ceremony.
School administrators had told eight Native American seniors — a record number to graduate at the same time from Lemoore High — that the eagle feathers would be banned.
Hours before the graduation ceremony, the administration relented and allowed Native American graduates, of whom seven are enrolled members of the Tachi tribe near Lemoore, to wear eagle feathers.
The students had told parents and relatives that Principal Rodney Brumit said the school's "no adornment" policy for graduation caps and gowns would be enforced.
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