South Dakota hotel threatens to ban Native Americans

A social media post from an owner of a South Dakota hotel attempting to ban Native Americans from the property following a weekend shooting drew quick condemnation from the leader of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the city’s mayor. Connie Uhre said she cannot “allow a Native American to enter our business including Cheers,” which is the establishment’s bar and casino. Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier condemned Uhre’s post, calling it racist and discriminatory, and demanded an apology. “It is foolish to attack a race of people and not all of the issues affecting the society in which we live. This includes racism,” Frazier said in a statement. “…Those members that choose to live on our treaty territory are often treated as a problem, no matter how we choose to live.” “I just felt that I couldn’t be silent and pretend like this is just a harmless venting out of frustration,” he said. “This is an attack on not only the 12% of Rapid Citians who are Native American but also the larger Native American population nationwide..”