. A Nebraska school says it was a lice check. Lakota people sense centuries of repressions. « JO LEE MAGAZINE

USA TODAY/Norma LeRoy tries to understand why a school secretary cut her two girls’ hair without her consent in the spring of 2020. The secretary was checking for lice, LeRoy was told – lice the mother said they never found.

LeRoy feels like few in this remote region of Nebraska’s Cherry County understand what they took. It’s why the 36-year-old Rosebud Sioux has to turn away from her kids, toward the trees, to shield them from her tears.

To her people, hair is sacred. Cutting it outside Lakota tradition carries consequences.

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