AMERICAN INDIANS GRADUATING WITH HONORS ACT.

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View NCGA Bill Details2023-2024 Session
House Bill 166 (Public) Filed Tuesday, February 21, 2023
AN ACT TO ALLOW AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS TO WEAR CULTURAL OBJECTS AT PUBLIC SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES.
Intro. by Lowery, Gillespie, B. Jones, Clampitt.

Status: Reptd Fav (Senate action) (Jun 7 2023)

SOG comments (1):

Identical bill

Identical to S 139, filed 2/21/23.

H 166

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 2 2023 - View Summary

    House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes.

    Restricts the scope of objects of cultural significance under GS 115C-407.40 to only bird feathers and plumes (was, an object of cultural significance including bird feathers and plumes). Amends GS 115C-218.75 (charter schools), GS 115C-238.66 (regional schools), and GS 116-239.8(b) (laboratory schools) to require these entities to comply with GS 115C-407.40. Makes conforming changes to SL 2018-32 to update new title of Article 29D.  Makes organizational change. 


  • Summary date: Feb 21 2023 - View Summary

    Renames the title of Article 29D of GS Chapter 115C to Religious Activity and Cultural Expression (currently, titled as Student Prayer and Religious Activity). Enacts new GS 115C-407.40, governing cultural expression at graduation ceremonies, as follows. Requires that any student who is, or is eligible to be, enrolled as a member of a State or federally recognized Native American tribe be permitted to wear objects of cultural significance as part of the student's regalia at any graduation ceremony for a school within a public school unit in which the student is a graduating participant. Specifies that an object of cultural significance includes bird feathers and plumes.