By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Pocatello School District Superintendent Douglas Howell advised Shoshone-Bannock tribal officials graduating Native students at Highland, Pocatello and Century High Schools were able to wear beaded caps, medallions and eagle feathers during the May 27 commencement.
It was in response to the letter the Fort Hall Business Council sent School District 25 officials requesting a waiver to its graduation attire policy that prohibited the students wearing the items.
Tribal parents reported they received an email notice of no plumes or beadwork on caps six days prior to graduation. Several tribal graduates had already beaded the edges of their graduation caps.
Tribal Policy Analyst Yvette Tuell advised parents of graduating students of the decision the morning of May 27. Superintendent Howell notified her via an early morning telephone call as he spoke with Board of Trustees members regarding the issue. He said the students should be okay at graduation ceremonies May 27 to wear beaded caps, necklaces and eagle feathers. “Nobody should be in violation of the policy,” Tuell wrote in an email to parents. The superintendent advised he was communicating with the high school principals so they were aware.
Tuell advised the Board of Trustees will address the graduation policy in the future and the Tribes will follow through with further actions to prevent it for next year’s students and parents.