A bill allowing traditional regalia to be worn at commencement ceremonies was blasted through the Montana Legislature yesterday and now it’s on one step closer to passing through the senate.
The blast motion allows bills that are stuck in committee to be pushed straight through to the next step when a majority of legislators want to vote on it.
The bill states a state agency or local government cannot prohibit an individual from wearing traditional tribal regalia or something of cultural significance at public events. This would include things like beaded caps, feathers, or moccasins during graduation.
But it is not limited to those events either.
The bill’s purpose…. Is to promote and preserve Montana’s unique cultural heritage of the Native American population.
By protecting the rights of these individuals to wear any type of cultural object significant to them….