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School apologizes after seizing Lakota student's feathered graduation cap

A viral video of staff confiscating a Native American student's cap at a New Mexico high school's graduation this week sparked an outpouring of anger as administrators apologized for failing to create a ceremony that was "inclusive of all graduates."

Genesis White Bull, a senior at Farmington High School in Farmington, N.M., and a Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, had adorned her dark green graduation cap with traditional Lakota decorations - ornate beadwork and a white feather plume.

But video posted on Facebook, previously reported by the Tri-City Record, shows two school staff members approaching White Bull shortly after the ceremony began on Monday. As the national anthem played, the staff handed White Bull a plain cap and walked away with her beaded, feathered one.


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