High School Graduate Penalized for Wearing Native American Feather at Ceremony

168px-European_Buzzard_primaryAs reported in Indian Country Media, a graduating high school student – – – and member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians in Alabama – – – has been fined $1,000 for wearing a feather along with the tassel on her graduation cap.

Chelsey Ramer, the student, was graduating from Escambia Academy, which is not a public institution.   Thus, Ramer cannot assert a First Amendment right against the non-governmental school.   She might have claims under federal and state discrimination laws.

(h/t Allie Robbins)