ND lawmakers approve eagle feathers, plumes at graduations

March 11, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would allow American Indian students to wear eagle feathers or plumes at school graduations.

The Senate passed the House bill 45-0 on Monday.

Fargo Democratic Rep. Ruth Buffalo, the bill sponsor, says American Indians view the eagle feather and plumes as a symbol of honor and pride.

The North Dakota School Boards Association supports the legislation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the National Eagle Repository to provide Native Americans with eagle carcasses, parts and feathers.