American Indian Graduate Fined for Wearing Feather

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- An American Indian student says she's being fined $1,000 for wearing a feather on her mortarboard when she graduated from high school in south Alabama.

Chelsey Ramer says she feels like she's being discriminated against by her alma mater, Escambia Academy in Atmore.

Ramer is part of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and the 17-year-old says she wore a feather at graduation last month to honor her heritage.

The 17-year-old Ramer tells WPMI-TV the school now is making her pay a $1,000 fine to get her diploma and official transcript. She's accused of violating school policy. Read more here:

The school headmaster didn't return a message seeking comment Thursday.

A school newsletter thanked the Poarch Band in April for making more than $142,000 in donations to the academy.

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