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Making culture a part of graduation


May 7, 2021

Carlton 2020 grad Julius Northrup sported a colorful Ojibwe floral design and his name on his mortar board last year.

Sometimes you just have to ask. But it never hurts to do a little homework first.

That's pretty much what happened with Cloquet High School senior Maya Fairbanks this spring, when she decided to ask that her school allow students to honor their American Indian culture during graduation ceremonies.

Fairbanks, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and her mother, Sheila Lamb, wanted to do more with decorated mortar boards or sashes. They initially found from talking to others that American Indian students were allowed to wear only an eagle feather. That wasn't good enoug...

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