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Indian student in Alabama denied diploma over eagle feather

A member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama has been fined $1,000 and denied her diploma because she wore an eagle feather to graduation ceremonies.

Chelsey Ramer's diploma is being held until she pays the fine to Escambia Academy, a private school. About 20 percent of the student body is Indian, Native News Network reported.

“I don't feel it was right. The eagle feather was not a disruption," Jaime Ramer, Chelsey's father, told Native News Network.

The school board is meeting tonight to discuss the issue.

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School Board Meets on Issue of Creek Student Who Wore Eagle Feather to Graduation (Native News Network 6/3)
High school student fined $1,000 and has diploma withheld for wearing eagle feather in graduation cap as symbol of her Native American heritage (The Daily Mail 6/4)<

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