California Bill Advances to Protect Native Students' Rights to Wear Cultural Items
April 16, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California State Assembly's Education Committee earlier this month unanimously approved a bill that will protect Native American students' rights to wear cultural items at graduation.
The bill, proposed by Assemblymember James Ramos (Serrano/Cahuilla Tribe) in February, will establish a 10-person task force of tribal representatives from across the state to develop best practices for protecting students' rights to wear traditional tribal regalia to school graduation ceremonies. The task force will submit a report on implementing the law to the Legislature by spring 2023, the bill reads.
Wearing traditional tribal regalia or recognized items of religious or cultural significance as an adornment at graduation ceremonies is a protected civil right under the United States Constitution and the California Constitution.