St. Paul Schools close to allowing Native American smudging

By: | June 17, 2022

Some time before the pandemic, Johnson High School students were the first to learn about and implement the indigenous practice of smudging within its school. When the students said they wanted to see the act of smudging be allowed throughout the district, St. Paul Public School officials heard them.

Now, they are steps away from approving a policy that would allow smudging in all of its schools.

“We use this to purify ourselves, we use this to cleanse the air,” Tawny Hale said.

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