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Alaska House bill would allow tribal regalia at certain public events

Jacqueline D. Morris displays the seal skin cap that her son Tigran Andrew wore during the 2018 Service High commencement in Anchorage. Starting this year, Anchorage graduates can wear traditional tribal regalia and objects of cultural significance at their graduation ceremonies. School district administrators approved the new regulation last month. (Bill Roth / ADN)

JUNEAU — State agencies, cities, the University of Alaska and school districts could not bar individuals from wearing tribal regalia or carrying objects of traditional cultural significance at public events under a bill introduced in the Alaska House.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, a Bethel Democrat.

The measure, introduced Monday, comes after school district administrators in Anchorage approved changes to allow graduates there to wear traditional tribal regalia and objects of cultural significance at graduation ceremonies.

The bill describes “public event” as an awards or graduation ceremony, public meeting or another event held or sponsored by a state agency, municipality or school district or the University of Alaska.

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