Earlier this year, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that public schools cannot prohibit Indigenous students from “wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a graduation ceremony.” Cultural regalia includes hair buns, rug dresses, woven sashes, moccasins, beadwork and turquoise jewelry, including bracelets, belts and necklaces. This legislation seeks to allow students to celebrate milestones in culturally relevant ways in schools. Similar laws exist in California and Montana and Utah has recently introduced similar legislation.

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