Royal Valley will be acknowledging a law put into place by the Kansas State Legislature this school year. Though it was already allowed to our Indigenous students, the Kansas State Legislature has passed a bill, House Bill Number 2498, stating the government is not allowed to prohibit the wearing of tribal regalia and objects of culture significance at graduation. In other words, high schools can not prohibit Native American students from wearing traditional regalia. This law went into effect July 31, 2018.
At the beginning of the school year, Mr. Holloman put together a committee of six Native American Seniors to discuss what the school’s policy should be for future graduation. This committee’s members included, Zach Wahweotten, Kobe Mills, Trent Wilbur, Kiikto Thomas, Top-ne-bi-que Serna-Blakemore, and Daniela Fabila. These Seniors decided that there would be four different options for Native American students to wear at graduation:
Traditional Dress - Native American students may follow the current policy of nice clothing under the purple robe, while stole and purple mortar board.
Native Traditional Dress - Native American Students may follow our current unwritten norm of Native dress (ribbon shirt- male) or (native dress- female) under the purple robe, white stole, and mortar board (beaded or plain) Medallions and other Native jewelry allowed.
Native Dress (Male) - Native American senior males may wear their ribbon shirt with nice pants with purple mortar board (plain or beaded). Medallions and other Native jewelry allowed.
Native Dress (Female) - Native American senior females may wear a native dress with purple mortar board (plain or beaded). Medallions and other Native jewelry allowed.
Member of the Native American Senior committee, Zach Wahweotten stated, "I think it's a smart decision of the Kansas Legislature. I'm glad the government is finally recognizing the Native American citizens, because we are an important part of society. I am grateful for the opportunity to represent my culture in a positive way."
On Wednesday, February 20, and Thursday, February 21, students of Royal Valley High School will be having student-led, parent-teacher conferences from 4-8pm. Students should be signing up during their seminar to schedule a conference time. From 4-7pm on those two nights, students will meet in their seminar teacher's room with their parents to discuss future goals and how their school work is coming along. From 7-8pm, parents are free to meet with other teachers.
The Friday following conferences there will be no school (2/22).