SD tribal leaders discuss solutions to combat “blatant racism”
South Dakota Tribal leaders met Saturday to discuss which actions to take following inflammatory racial comments made by a Rapid City hotel owner at an event called the "Indians Allowed Rally."
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota tribal leaders met Saturday to discuss actions to take following inflammatory racial comments made by a Rapid City hotel owner at an event called the “Indians Allowed Rally.”
“The Great Sioux Nation hereby condemns the blatant racism that is coming from the owner of the Grand Gateway Hotel and its subsidiaries in Rapid City,” said Scott Herman, the President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Due to the comment, tribal leaders of the Great Sioux Nation say they’re prepared to boycott Rapid City and the hotel.
“In these next coming weeks, we’re going to be meeting and figuring and coming up with ways on how to implement this, so what we say we’re going to be doing,” said Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
“The Vice Chairwoman of Pine Ridge mentioned that we need to plant seeds,” said Chairman Peter Lengkee of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. “She also mentioned that we might not see the shade of those trees, but it’s with the future generations in mind and that’s why we’re doing this.”
“We’re going to walk in prayer today. We’re going to walk in a good way. We’re going to make sure that we don’t violate anything; that we stick to the parameters of our treaty boundaries and understanding that this is where we’re at and this is who we are,” said President Kevin Killer of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.
During the peaceful rally, those that participated were escorted by many first responder agencies, including the Rapid City Police Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol.