Allow Christian Titman to wear eagle feathers as part of his graduation outfit as a mark of academic distinction.
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I am writing today to protest your decision to deny Christian Titman his right to wear eagle feathers as part of his graduation cap & gown. He has the right to wear his feathers as it is considered to be a mark of academic distinction much like gold National Honor Society cords. An alternative might be to give him the feather with his diploma or allow him to carry the feather in his hand.
Graduation is a significant event in the community. The traditional gifting of a feather is an honor that is shared with the public to mark the importance of the achievement of the recipient. If you would allow a Sikh student to wear a turban or a Christian student to wear a cross then you must not be hypocritical in denying Native Americans the right to wear the symbols of their culture that mark this success.
It is your duty to support and exalt your students, not make punitive decisions that negatively impact their self-esteem. Celebrate this milestone reached in cooperation with your district by confirming the importance of this accomplishment by allowing Mr. Titman to respectfully adorn his mortarboard to note his achievement. I urge the Clovis Unified School District to protect the inherent legal and moral rights of your American Indian students.
André P. Cramblit
Karuk Tribal Member
Past President California Indian Education Association
Member California American Indian Education Oversight Committee
Clovis Unified School District:
1450 Herndon Avenue
Clovis, California 93611
Clovis High School
Principal: Denver Stairs
Janet Young, Ed.D.
Carlo Prandini, Ph.D.
Legislative Analyst/Government Relations
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