South Dakota school district apologizes for taking eagle feather from student


BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP)- A South Dakota school district has apologized to a Native American student who was told he couldn’t wear an eagle feather during his graduation.

Brookings School District Superintendent Klint Willert released a statement Tuesday apologizing for the events that led to Miles Livermont having his eagle feather taken from him at the May 26 ceremony. The move violated state law.

Willert says the district will work to ensure that students can express pride in their tribal heritage at future graduations.

Livermont tells the Argus Leader that the principal at Brookings High School told him he couldn’t wear the feather attached to his graduation cap because district rules ban alterations to the ceremonial caps and gowns.

Under state law, any person can wear “traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance” at school honoring ceremonies.