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NDN Collective Calls for Boycott of Uhre Family’s Rapid City Businesses

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:

No comment yet from Governor Noem on the racist statements that have roiled Rapid City and prompted this boycott.


  1. grudznick 2022-04-20 17:24

    That joint they are picketing now is the 2nd lowest of the low motels on that end of the strip. It should just be razed and turned into a mini-golf course to compete with the pirate one. grudznick likes mini-golf. And it is good that the breakfasting place there is not a target of the picketing. People, even picketers, need to eat breakfast, and I would encourage free coffee and caramel rolls for a fellow who wandered by with a tip for the picketers.

  2. larry kurtz 2022-04-20 19:11

    Why stop with the Uhres? All of off reservation western South Dakota is leavened white bread so why not boycott all of it?

  3. grudznick 2022-04-20 19:20

    Lar, show a little common sense. The Indians can for sure boycott all of it, they mostly probably do. What this group of fellows is trying to do is get everybody, including the white minorities, to boycott these Uhre fellows. If only the local boycott motels, only the tourists and out-of-towners will use the motels and the Uhre’s will suffer little, in fact that’s what they want.

    If the NDN fellows really wanted to put the hurt on the Uhres, they’d start renting rooms at this new motel every night, en masse. That’s what would really anger the Uhres. I hope the NDN fellows and ladies are listening on this count.

  4. Bob Newland 2022-04-20 19:28

    I ate at Perkins on LaCrosse St today at lunch. I saw and heard the picketers. I saw nothing of Grudznutz. I would have known it by its cowardly demeanor.

  5. larry kurtz 2022-04-20 20:12

    grud, show little chutzpah and choke on those gravy taters for the greater good.

  6. Mark Anderson 2022-04-20 21:10

    You know the Uhre tribe should just sell before they are celled themselves. They might make it in Mexico with their meager profits. If they could keep their racist bull under wraps, it might be a problem. They just can’t afford the racist appeal of Idaho.

  7. Frank J Kloucek 2022-04-20 21:44

    Grudz Are you still eating the free breakfasts at the aforementioned hotels and motels? I understand your even taking extra portions of biscuits and gravy home for your noon dining pleasure!

  8. Loti 2022-04-20 22:31

    I always hoped SD would not become as Racist as other states. I seen a video online of a White cop handling & scaring a Black 8yo child for stealing a bag of potato chips. He then put him in the back of the police car. I felt so mad and sad at the same time. I know SD is racist but i hope we improve and try to get along.

  9. DaveFN 2022-04-20 22:36

    “…and instead encourage them to use buying power to impact change by redirecting their dollars to businesses that stand in solidarity with Indigenous people.”

    And those would be? NDN would best give a list.

  10. grudznick 2022-04-21 15:58

    Mr. Kloucek, as a fellow known for having been the least effective in the legislatures ever, even more so than that large fellow from Fulton, you do know your way around free food. That’s a great idea you shared! I’ll give it a try.

  11. Frank J Kloucek 2022-04-21 22:41

    Mr. GRUDZ With All Due RESPECT: As the least effective blogger in the history of this fine blog site it is my understanding you already have sampled the Biscuits and gravy REGULARLY Which attributes much to your many fine attributes and accomplishments! Please honor the BOYCOTT and do not give in as you have so many times previously in your former life,

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