From critical race theory to critical race practice…
The racist Uhre family‘s Grand Gateway Hotel has supposedly been closed for “spring cleaning” since the end of March. The NDN Collective, which is leading a civil rights lawsuit against the Grand Gateway’s owners Connie and Nick Uhre for denying service to American Indian customers, is now putting pressure on the Uhre family by organizing a boycott of other Uhre family businesses, the Foothills Inn and Uhre Realty.
Today, NDN Collective held an action at The Foothills Inn to kick off a boycott of all properties owned by the Uhre family. Over 100 community members showed up to support the action and stand in solidarity against local area businesses exhibiting racist policies.
…NDN Collective’s goal for the ongoing boycott is to discourage community members from supporting businesses with racist policies & practices, and instead encourage them to use buying power to impact change by redirecting their dollars to businesses that stand in solidarity with Indigenous people.
“This is bigger than just forcing the Uhre family out of business for their racist policies – it’s about addressing systemic racism in our community at all levels by holding people accountable,” said Sunny Red Bear, racial equity director at NDN Collective. “We want the Rapid City community to realize that their dollars translate into power – which is why we’re asking our neighbors to support us by refusing to spend money at establishments that have expressed hateful and racist sentiments towards Indigenous people.”
“It’s beyond time for Rapid City to uncover and address the insidious racism that Indigenous people here are forced to navigate every single day. We are a vital part of this community and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.”
NDN Collective livestreamed this video from today’s demonstration documenting the protest and laying out the facts that have led to this call to boycott the Uhre businesses as part of their campaign to undo systemic racism in Rapid City:
NDN Collective Begins Boycott of Rapid City Businesses with Racist Policies https://t.co/m8SHANtIVA
— NDN Collective (@ndncollective) April 20, 2022
No comment yet from Governor Noem on the racist statements that have roiled Rapid City and prompted this boycott.