Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013

Cherokee Central Schools clarifies use of eagle feathers during graduation

In regard to public inquiries over the use of eagle feathers (and other raptor series bird feathers) during graduation ceremonies at Cherokee Central, the Cherokee Central Schools Administration has taken the position that the use and display of eagle feathers (and other raptor series bird feathers) and Cherokee traditional beadwork are welcomed and encouraged.

There are a number of laws pertaining to the eagle and its feathers. The commonly cited law is Title 50 Part 22 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 22) that governs the use of eagle feathers for religious and cultural purposes. This law governs who can possess and display eagle feathers and for what purposes. Generally, all members of federally recognized tribes are welcome to display eagle parts for cultural purposes. We encourage parents and students to reference the stated law for clarification or questions.

– Walter Swan, Cherokee Central Schools Superintendent

print