US Commission on Civil Rights Seeks American Indian Input on Criminal Justice Issues in South Dakota

US Civil Rights Commission logoRAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA— The South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a public briefing to gather information from government officials and others regarding the administration of criminal justice in Rapid City and South Dakota on Wednesday, August 27.

The hearing is open to the public and the Committee wants to hear from American Indians. People of color tend, on average, to suffer more severe consequences and harsher sentences than whites. In recent years, these disparities have become widely recognized as an important civil rights issue not only in South Dakota but across the United States.

In South Dakota,t he issue of the administration of justice continues to cause concern. At the briefing, the South Dakota Advisory Committee will hear testimony concerning the administration of justice and how it impacts American Indians and other minorities, their families, and the Rapid City community.

There will be an opportunity during the briefing meeting, beginning at approximately 3 pm for individuals to make remarks before the Committee. For more information contact Malee V. Craft, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, 303-866-1040, or Richard Braunstein, Chairperson, South Dakota Advisory Committee, 605-670-0117.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with studying and advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing an annual federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about the reports and meetings of the Commission and its State Advisory Committees, please visit

WHAT: Briefing of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
WHEN: Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: United Tribes Technical College-Black Hills Learning Center Freedom Hall 321 Kansas City Street Rapid City, SD 57701

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