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Navajo Girls Told to Take Their Hair Down from Traditional Tsiiyeel before Basketball by Referee


FLAGSTAFF — Members of the Flagstaff Lady Eagles basketball team were asked to take their hair down from their traditional Navajo tsiiyeeł before a game on Tuesday night at the Flagstaff High School gymnasium.

The Lady Eagles were participating in Native American culture night which was planned by the Lady Eagles Basketball Booster Club and coincided with their game against the Greenway Demons.

The referee who called for the girls to take their hair down cited the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) rulebook regarding ‘hair control devices’. The referee questioned whether the hair ties posed concern as a safety hazard. He then called for the girls take their hair down.


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