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  • Five-year-old Curtis Harjo can wear braid in school

    New Orleans, Louisianna (AP) 11-08

    Five-year-old American Indian Curtis Harjo can wear his hair in a braid to school after all.

    The ACLU of Louisiana and the Native American Rights’ Fund in Boulder, Colo., which represented the family in the matter, said Nov. 19 that St. Tammany Parish’s public schools superintendent had reversed a decision that the boy could only attend school if he wore his hair in a bun.

    “All students have a right to freely exercise their religious beliefs,” said Katie Schwartzmann, legal director for the ACLU of Louisiana. “That’s all this is about.”

    Harjo’s religion, like that of many Native Americans, includes a belief that hair should not be cut, except as a symbol of mourning upon the death of a loved one, Schwartzmann said.


  • #2
    This makes me wonder about the outcome of Adriel Arocha's similar position here in Texas.

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    • #3
      holy crap, how did they get away with even making it an issue? My boys and some of their friends all have braids and the only issue was convincing the white kids that they were boys back when they all started school.

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      • #4
        You would think the schools would have more important things to do.
        Don't compromise yourself. It's all you've got.

        Janis Joplin

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