Student loses bid to wear eagle feather on graduation cap

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 21, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.



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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa federal judge has ruled that an American Indian student at Caney Valley High School can't wear an eagle feather on her graduation cap.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell accepted a magistrate's recommendation to deny senior Hayden Griffith's request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her wear the feather during her graduation ceremony Thursday.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1Hx5iee ) reports Frizzell said Griffith failed to demonstrate a violation of the state's Religious Freedom Act or her rights to free speech and religion.

A similar case was dismissed against the Moore school district this week. Susan Alexander, on behalf of her daughter who attended Southmoore High School, dropped the suit.

Possession of eagle feathers is illegal. An exception is made for federally recognized tribe members, who can obtain a permit to possess one.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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