Rally Planned in Rapid City to Protest Lack of Arrests in Racist Offense of Spraying Native Students with Beer & Taunting

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RAPID CITY— After more two weeks and no arrests in the racially-charged incident at the Rapid City Rush hockey game, American Indians will rally outside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota on Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. – MST.

The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is the scene of the January 24th incident that involved 57 students being sprayed with beer and taunted. The incident occurred during a hockey game where the students from the American Horse School at Allen on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation attended as a reward for academic achievements.

The American Indian students whose ages ranged from 8 to 13 years-old were told to “go back to the reservation.”

The assault against the students resulted in their chaperones deciding to leave the game prior to its ending for the safety of the students.

CivicCenterLogoOn hand Tuesday will be Clyde Bellecourt, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Henry Boucha, who is vice president of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media. Boucha is a retired NHL player, Olympic silver medalist in the 1972 Winter Olympics, and 1995 United States Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee.

Bellecourt and Boucha plan to meet with parents and students from the American Horse School prior to the rally.

The rally will remain occur prior to the Rush hockey game and last throughout the game.

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