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After dispute, school allows student to wear eagle feather for graduation

A high school senior in New Mexico won a battle with school officials over the right to add a tribal symbol to his cap and gown for graduation.

Alex Bean told KRQE that he asked Highland High School officials if he could wear an eagle feather on his cap, a symbol of success in the Lakota Sioux tribe. Bean said he's the first member of his family to graduate high school. 

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Initially, the school refused to allow any alterations to the cap and gown ensemble, per Albuquerque Public School guidelines. But Bean and his mother persisted, and school officials reversed their decision.

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Bean's mother told KRQE that earning the eagle feather is a "huge honor" in their tribe. Bean will wear the feather Saturday at the graduation ceremony.

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