Proposed Washington bill seeks to permit tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies

Traditional Native American regalia

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposed bill in the Washington state legislature seeks to permit students to wear traditional tribal regalia at graduation or other similar ceremonies.

The bill aims to prohibit institutions from enforcing dress codes that would restrict students from wearing clothes or objects of Native American cultural significance.

“Although the restrictions may be premised on promoting uniformity, they are not appropriate in the context of government-to-government relationships and do not recognize the district and unique cultural heritage of Native Americans,” the bill states.

The proposed bill was put forward by several senators, including Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane.

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