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Our flag, used as a symbol of pride and protest, tells a lot about who we are

Tribal regalia, eagle feathers and the Stars and Stripes come together at a Colville Confederated Tribes powwow in Nespelem. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)
Tribal regalia, eagle feathers and the Stars and Stripes come together at a Colville Confederated Tribes powwow in Nespelem. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times, 2000)

The flag points the way to who we are, even as it complicates what it means to feel for one’s country. The U.S. flag is America’s symbol, but it’s also a cipher, layered with meanings and messages.