Governor Joe Lombardo on Thursday signed a bill allowing Nevada students to wear religious and cultural insignia for graduation ceremonies.
Students have the right to express themselves upon graduation through any unique cultural and religious identity, Lombardo said.
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“This legislation will allow students to walk with pride and confidence toward graduation, and I am grateful to all the teachers, lawmakers and students who worked to bring it to my office,” he said. in a press release.
Several lawmakers and students, most of Native American ancestry, attended the signing.
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A similar measure was passed in Oklahoma on Thursday when the legislature overruled Gov. Kevin Stitt’s veto. The bill allows students to wear Native American insignia during high school and college graduations. The State House and Senate easily crossed the two-thirds threshold needed to maintain the measure, which takes effect July 1.
He enjoyed strong support from many Oklahoma-based tribes and Native American citizens.
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The dispute over appropriate attire for graduation has resulted in laws in nearly a dozen states banning Native American students from wearing badges reflecting their heritage.