Native American Student Forced to Remove Feathers at Utah High School Graduation

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A public high school in Utah told a Native American student to remove her culturally symbolic feathers at graduation before she crossed the stage to receive her diploma.

Tasheena Savala, a Navajo woman who graduated from Lehi High School last month, had to remove the symbol because of a school rule prohibiting decorations on caps. (The whole situation is all the more symbolic since Lehi is the name of a Mormon prophet and the religion itself has targeted Native Americans historically and more recently.)

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