The Wrap: Graduating while Native
June 23, 2021
Native students allowed to don cultural items at graduation
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — When Andrew Mike prepared to graduate from Willamette High School this spring, his mother decorated his mortarboard with intricate beading and he tied an eagle feather his grandmother gave him onto his cap.
Mike is an enrolled citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and is also Shoshone Paiute and Winnebago. Donning these items means not only representing a large part of himself, but also his larger community.