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Ojibwe song played outside northern Minnesota graduation after school board removed it from ceremony

HINCKLEY, Minn. - A familiar sound was missing at one high school graduation ceremony on Friday evening.

Last week, the Hinckley-Finlayson school board voted to not allow a traditional Ojibwe song at its graduation ceremony. The Ojibwe Traveling Song is meant to symbolize the transition from high school to what's next.

The school has a large Indigenous population, and in the weeks leading up to graduation, an online petition in favor of returning the song to graduation garnered more than 2,000 signatures. On May 15, more than 50 students gathered outside the high school demanding a reversal to the school board's decision.


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