School Apologizes for Cutting Feather from Lakota Student's Graduation Cap

By Mike Fishmore | May 23, 2024

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After a video circulated online showing staff confiscating a student's feathered graduation cap at a New Mexico high school, the school issued an apology for the incident. 
 

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The senior student involved, Genesis White Bull from Farmington High School and a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, had adorned her graduation cap with traditional Lakota embellishments, including beadwork and an aópazan, a white feather plume.