First Amendment Request to Wear Tribal Regalia at Graduation

Document Date: April 18, 2023
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Even if your state does not have a tribal regalia law or heightened protections for religious exercise, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution may require your school to allow you to wear tribal regalia if other students are permitted to adorn their graduation caps or gowns with other items, or if the school allows other exceptions to the graduation dress code. Use this letter template as a tool to assist Indigenous students and their families in self-advocating for the right to wear tribal regalia at graduation.

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