NARF has long defended the right of Native American students to wear eagle feathers at graduation. Earlier this month, NARF, California Indian Legal Services (CILS), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California advocated on behalf of Native students in Lemoore, California, who wanted to wear eagle feathers at their graduation ceremony. The gift of an eagle feather is a great honor and is typically given to recognize an important transition in a young person’s life. Many graduates are given eagle feathers in recognition of their educational journey and the honor the graduate brings to his or her community and tribe.
To read the letter sent on the students’ behalf, click here. And, to read the press about the students wearing their feathers, click here.