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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By Jessica Giard

For The Daily Republic

Following is a timeline of events in the Chamberlain honor song controversy.
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May 2012: Parent and tribal member James Cadwell asks administration to consider an honor song. Administration says it’s too close to graduation to make a change. The board doesn’t discuss it or put it to a vote.

April 22, 2013: Students present a petition to the board to ask for the honor song.

May 13, 2013: The board votes no, 6-1, on the honor song. In response, Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue calls for a boycott of businesses in Chamberlain.

May 17, 2013: CHS Native American Club coordinates a feathering ceremony separate from graduation for the Native American seniors. This was held after a 2012 request.  

May 19, 2013: Chamberlain hosts graduation. A Native American drum group performs outside the armory in part to protest, and in part to raise awareness.

Oct. 28, 2013: Audience members at the school board’s parental and tribal input meeting in Fort Thompson ask about the honor song.

Nov. 25, 2013: A senior student and Native American Club member presents to the board. The board discusses the honor song and tables the vote until Monday, Dec. 9.

Monday, Dec. 9: Chamberlain School Board to meet at Chamberlain High School, 7 p.m.