Rapid City Council discusses city’s new Human Relations Task Force

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Monday night, Rapid City Council Members took recommendations to restructure the city’s Human Relations Task Force.

It’s an undertaking championed by Mayor Steve Allender.

The new task force would work to forge a relationship between Native Americans and non-Native Americans, through conflict resolution and mediation. The community group would consist of a nine-member commission appointed by the mayor, with a laser focus on de-escalating mounting tensions in the city.

“The new entity would create an inclusive alliance between the city, the community and the community’s businesses,” said Tony Rhodes, a member of the Human Relations Task Force. “It would promote and ensure civil discourse, human rights and resource development in Rapid City.”

No vote was taken.

Mayor Allender will have a budget presentation for the council in two weeks, where the council will be commissioned to determine if the new HRC Task Force will be included in the 2021 budget.

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