April 18, 2024
Republican Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo on Thursday signed into law a bill allowing students to wear tribal, religious and cultural regalia during graduation ceremonies.

Gov. Joe Lombardo on Thursday signed a bill permitting Nevada students to wear religious and cultural regalia for graduation ceremonies.

Students are entitled to express themselves at graduation through any unique cultural and religious identity, Lombardo said.

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“This legislation will allow students to walk with pride and confidence at their graduation, and I’m grateful to all of the teachers, legislators, and students who worked to get it to my desk,” he said in a statement.

Republican Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo

Republican Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo has signed a bill allowing students to wear cultural, religious and tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies into law. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Several lawmakers and students, most of them of Native American ancestry, attended the signing.

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A similar measure passed in Oklahoma on Thursday when the Legislature overrode Gov. Kevin Stitt’s veto. The bill allows students to wear Native American regalia during high school and college graduations. The state House and Senate easily cleared the two-thirds threshold needed to uphold the measure, which takes effect July 1.

It had strong support from many Oklahoma-based tribes and Native American citizens.

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Conflict over proper graduation attire has resulted in laws in nearly a dozen states making it illegal to prohibit Native American students from donning regalia that reflects their heritage.