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A REGULAR CALLED MEETING OF THE SAC AND FOX NATION BUSINESS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON JUNE 15 AT 9:30 A.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CULTURAL CENTER BUILDING,
SAC AND FOX RESERVATION, STROUD, OKLAHOMA.
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May 25, 2023
|On May 25, 2023, Oklahoma Senate Bill 429 became law, overriding the Oklahoma Governor’s veto. The bill will protect for the right of students to wear tribal regalia during official graduation ceremonies. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt had previously vetoed the bill despite popular and bipartisan support in the state legislature. To achieve the override both chambers of the legislature needed a two-thirds majority vote which was achieved by a wide margin in the Senate and the House of Representatives. SB 429 creates additional clarity and guarantees the right for students in Oklahoma K-12 public schools, charter schools, technical schools and universities to wear tribal regalia during official graduation ceremonies. Many graduation dress codes do not recognize sacred and cultural items Native students wear in times of ceremonies and honor. As a result, students and families are confronted by school officials and forced to remove items of religious and cultural significance. SB 429 makes it clear that schools must allow Native students to wear tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies. NIEA celebrates Oklahoma as the latest state in a national movement protecting Native students’ right to celebrate their graduation through honoring their heritage, traditions, community, and ancestors by wearing tribal regalia. For more information, please contact NIEA Tribal State Policy Associate, Waquin Preston, wpreston@NIEA.org|
SENATE BILL 429 NATIVE REGALIA BILL VETO BY GOVERNOR STITT
I am writing to express my concern about Senate Bill 429 and it impact on the rights of our Native American students to wear graduation regalia. As you may be aware Native American students are often subjected to harassment and bullying throughout their school years. In addition, school administration staff in rural areas sometimes display prejudice towards the cultural beliefs of these students which creates a hostile school experience for them, this kind of discrimination limits the identity of Native American students and can contribute to the high suicide rate among them. Native youth suicide rate is
2.5 times higher than the overall national average, making these rates the highest across all ethnic and racial groups. Cultural disconnection, alienation and pressure to assimilate all contribute to higher rates of suicide among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
By not allowing Native American students to wear graduation regalia that honors their cultural heritage, the State of Oklahoma is further marginalizing these students and denying them their basic rights. This is especially troubling given the already difficult circumstances that Native American students face in our schools. It sends a message that their cultural identity is not valued or respected.
As the Director of Education Department for the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma and a former tribal leader in Oklahoma it is clear that the Governor of Oklahoma is unwillingly to approve of any Native American matters. He has demonstrated a consistent pattern of opposition to Indian interest including regarding governmental jurisdiction, taxation, gaming and tobacco compacts, Indian child welfare, and now tribal regalia for graduation ceremonies.
We need to get Senate Bill 429 to be override the veto and be back on the floor.
Thank you, Edwina Butler-Wolfe Director of Education Sac and Fox Nation
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A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF THE SAC AND FOX NATION BUSINESS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON APRIL 4, 2023 AT 9:30 A.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CULTURAL CENTER BUILDING, SAC AND FOX RESERVATION, STROUD, OKLAHOM
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