Beatrice Graduating Senior to Honor Her Potawatomi Tribal Citizenship

Beatrice Graduating Senior to Honor Her Potawatomi Tribal Citizenship
Beatrice High School Senior, Laney Baumfalk

BEATRICE – A Beatrice High School senior will be able to wear a special piece of clothing honoring her citizenship in the Potawatomi Nation, at this year’s Beatrice High School graduation.

The school board is supportive of the request from the family of senior Laney Baumfalk, who will graduate in May.

High School Principal Jason Sutter received the request from Laney’s father, Mark Baumfalk, last fall.  After consulting with school legal counsel, Sutter says an additional provision to the graduation dress code is being proposed.

:14                  “are a member”

An adjustment to a district administrative regulation will clear the way for Laney to add the ribbon-like piece of clothing, over the traditional Beatrice black colored robe, black hats with orange accents.

The regulation governs what students can wear during graduation.  The new provision will allow wearing of traditional tribal clothing, with school administration still having authority to approve it through a request, made at least one month prior to graduation.

:38                  “right thing to do”

Laney Baumfalk and her parents attended the Beatrice School Board’s committee-level session last night.  Laney displayed the piece of clothing that she would wear around her neck, over the graduation gown.

:06                  “a Potawatomi”

Laney and her family were honored at a tribal family festival in Oklahoma last year…that emphasizes tribal culture and traditions.

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