Protections law for eagle feathers, plumes at graduations signed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard has approved protections for students who want to wear eagle feathers or plumes at school graduation ceremonies.

The Republican governor on Thursday signed the tribal regalia law, which requires state and local officials to let people wear eagle feathers and plumes at school honoring or graduation ceremonies.

Democratic Rep. Shawn Bordeaux, the bill's sponsor, said before the measure was signed that it's a "great way" of allowing tribal members to express their pride in who they are. He says South Dakota is becoming a "better place each and every day."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates the National Eagle Repository to provide Native Americans with eagle carcasses, parts and feathers.

Daugaard listed the bill as an accomplishment in a recent column about the 2018 legislative session.