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Fined for Wearing Eagle Feather

Poarch Creek Band teen fined $1000 for wearing eagle feather at graduation

POOF founding member Annette Haven of Florida sent us a link from Indian Country Today. School officials blocked a SW Alabama Native American lady from her high school graduation and then fined her $1000. Of course, from the perspective of contemporary educators, they want uniformity at a graduation to symbolize the mediocrity of their students’ education. However, a $1000 fine for a teenager seems very excessive and of questionable legality.

This young lady needs your moral support.

If interested in reading more on this subject, go to: Poarch Creek Student Fined for Wearing Eagle Feather at Graduation – ICTMN.com

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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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