Allender: “I’m encouraged” after talks with local Indigenous community

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday evening, the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board hosted a “Community Healing Circle” to facilitate thoughtful discussion on gun violence and racism. Local leaders gathered with the Indigenous community for speeches, prayers, and traditional native dancing.

The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health BoardMayor Steve Allender was among those in attendance, and says Rapid City as a community gets to decide what values to bring in.

“We’ve had our time of acknowledging this ugly incident that took place and now is a time when I think we try to find a way to make it positive, turn it into something positive for us,” Mayor Allender says.

Allender says despite having this “bad moment” in the community, city leaders will be working with tribal leaders to keep the communication lines open.

“It will involve and require partnerships and it will involve imperfect humans being part of the plan to make us a better place,” Mayor Allender adds. “So I’m encouraged by it this week, and I think we’re getting a sense of direction now where we should be going.” 

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