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Old 08-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by tigger View Post
ummmm, where does it say in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights..........the right to have long hair. it doesn't, so you can't use that arguement in a court of law.
Ummm there are ALOT of "specifics" that the Constitution does not specify, but that is why we have courts, so those RIGHTS that we have as US Citizens can be argued, IN a court of law, to define which ones are "covered" and which ones are not. Having long hair is a personal issue, and I believe that as long as it is not a public health issue, then any person should have the right to keep their hair however the heck they want. Something so basic BETTER be covered under that big, broad document!!

Think about this..... The right to Sun dance and pray as Native people, as well as gather together at powwows was once in question. It wasn't mentioned specifically in the Constitution, but By Golly, it's been proven in a court, because of persistent Native people, that its OUR right...lets not be to hasty to dismiss issues that might seem small and insignificant to some. It's these small battles that lead up to greater victories!!

I applaud all the little warriors out there, who stand strong with the support of their families, and keep their hair long and healthy!! We went through the same thing here, and its been a big boost to my son's self esteem to have stood up for himself and his long hair.
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