STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bill introduced by Representative David Cook (R-8) would require that a school district governing board or a charter school to permit students, belonging to a federally-recognized tribe, to wear cultural regalia while participating in a graduation ceremony.
HB2120, which passed out of the House Education Committee late Monday, has bipartisan support and more than 20 cosponsors.
“I am proud to sponsor this bipartisan bill on behalf of the people of District 8, including the Gila River Indian Community, who have been directly affected by this issue,” said Representative Cook. “I deeply appreciate my House colleague, Representative Arlando Teller, for his support and effort to help resolve this issue affecting many Native American students in our state.”
“Native Americans have pride in every stage they achieve,” said Representative Teller (D-7). “Graduating from high school is an accomplishment brings great pride to families in our community. Wearing regalia gives respect to an Indigenous student’s family, themselves and their culture. This is not a partisan issue it’s an Arizona solution.”