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Principal Removes Tobacco From Student's Sacred Medicine Pouch, Family Says - ICTMN.com

10.11.15

Principal Removes Tobacco From Student's Sacred Medicine Pouch, Family Says - ICTMN.com: Principal Keary Mattson allegedly examined the pouch and removed some of the tobacco as Kaquatosh cried, Gardner said.

Kaquatosh has since been ordered to tuck the pouch in her shirt, Gardner said.

On Monday, family and Native Americans in the Gresham community attended a school board meeting to speak in support of Kaquatosh.

Gardner said several of the speakers in the audience told the school board that Kaquatosh has the right to wear a Menominee medicine pouch as much as a Christian student is permitted to don a cross.

Gardner said she asked the school board for an apology.

“They didn't say they would send any,” she said.


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