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Renville at Saturday Rally Against Racism: Where Is Secretary Flute?

Richard Two Bulls of SDPB posts this video showing Saturday’s rally in Rapid City not just against the Grand Gateway hotel’s treaty-breaking Indian ban but on the systemic racism and colonialism of the settler class across the Great Plains. Speaking to Two Bulls are Allison Renville of the SIsseton Wahpeton Oyate, Canupa Mani of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, and Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe:

Note Renville’s comment at 3:30 on Secretary of Tribal Relations Dave Flute, a fellow Sisseton Wahpeton tribal member, who along with the rest of South Dakota’s Executive Branch has made no public statement on the blatant and illegal racism of hotel owners Connie and Nick Uhre:

We need someone in Secretary Flute’s position to stand up and say this is unacceptable, but will we see that? Will the social climate and the political climate in South Dakota be that truly affected where our highest ranking Native American in the state can’t speak up or won’t speak up? [Allison Renville, transcribed from video, in Richard Two Bulls, “People March in Protest of Hotel Owner Calling for a Ban on Native Americans,” SDPB, 2022.03.28]

Indeed: a racist incident provokes two street protests and roils tribal relations, and the Secretary of Tribal Relations has nothing to say? SDCL 1-54-3 directs the Department of Tribal Relations “shall aid in securing and coordinating federal, state, and local resources to help solve problems and serve as an advocate for Native American people.” How is the Department of Tribal Relations not advocating for Native American people in this situation?


  1. Jake 2022-03-28 15:12

    Noem has his tongue tied to a string-he can only speak out when she (or her mouthpiece from out of state) jerks on the sting and gives hi permission. Just how it is in Republican Run SD government.

  2. Mark Anderson 2022-03-28 15:30

    Republican-racist, racist-Republican. Which sounds better? It all just proves that CRT is absolutely correct. Just don’t bring it up near those darling innocent kids. It’s divisive you know.

  3. All Mammal 2022-03-28 17:49

    It is so silly to have fake, made up positions rendering actual, real signed checks. We have no such thing as an actual governor who governs, or secretary of tribal relations who actually has a relationship with tribes, and you have to laugh at the farce of a house select committee of investigation that considers the possibility of law enforcement botching their investigation of the boss of law enforcement and a secretary of agriculture and natural resources who exploits natural resources for commercial agriculture business. Really unreal. Makes no sense to write a check for a service that is imaginary. But the checks get written and they get cashed. And it all comes out of the backside of the good earth and those who can’t afford to buy gum.

    Somebody holding elected office with a chief of communications and senior public relations guy in their employ should ascertain that learned people aren’t as susceptible to ‘divisive’ discussions as 6th grade dropouts because when you understand how to interpret information and can use scrutiny to decide which sources to use, you don’t need overreaching, tyrannical governments banning discussions. People who practice debating different points of view as students can state facts and listen calmly to opposition. Any theory should be freely discussed. Until it can be disproven, Critical Race Theory is accepted as a factual formula.

    I have a theory. All tests support the infallibility of my theory that a person holding their fists up like a pugilist and punching the air as fast as they possibly can, regardless of how crabby they are, will laugh at themselves. Until disproven, consider it to be a fact that punching the air as fast as you can will make you laugh. I also propose that the same theory applies for laying on your back and pedaling your feet in the air as fast as a speed cyclist will surely result in a laugh. So the truth is not the enemy here. The people benefitting from racism by banning truth are the enemy.

  4. Loti 2022-03-28 20:34

    With Noem and Flute, they can do so much to benefit natives and people in general. Will they ever is the question. Its all to sad and sickening actually.

  5. grudznick 2022-03-28 20:56

    As the Uhrest continues, economic evolution will start to choke down on the young fellows doing their ma’s bidding.

  6. Arlo Blundt 2022-03-28 21:08

    Renville is a very famous name in South Dakota History…glad to see that the Renville tradition of leadership continues.

  7. RST Tribal Member 2022-03-28 21:17

    Growing up on the reservation, I heard these lyrics a time or two at the mission school: One little Indian, two little Indians, and the song go on.

    Just imagine the singing in the sauna in the one-house-gated community in Pierre. The singing in the tub with the racist buds along with the come out of closet racist Gov Nomie girl could be a sight to see, hear, and smell. The singers affirming their resistance to acknowledging racism is bad, as they would make them bad.

    Kinda like 45 saying he won a lost election, then getting a bucket load of fools to pay to jump on his bandwagon. Those inept inbred republicans. If their thinking wasn’t so dangerous to democracy, it would be comical.

    The inept inbred republican racist Gov girl Nomie probably asked this question at the interview seeking her one good little Indian in the state: will you keep your gosh dang mouth shut on anything involving Indians. Yes, you’re hired. No, next good little Indian. She sought. She got. There’s always one or more Natives wanting to please the non-Indians. To be that one good little Indian. Gee.

    Duties without principles seems to be the standard for the Dumb Doom in Pierre. The Indian isn’t in the cupboard, he is probably driving around in his car looking for something to believe in or pretend to believe in.

    To think, that good little Indian will be going back to the home reservation by Jan 2023.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-03-29 07:25

    I wonder what Secretary Flute is saying to his relatives and friends back around Agency Village. Is he facing any backlash from his neighbors back home for his public silence on this obviously illegal, offensive, and damaging racism in Rapid City?

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