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Marriott Advertised Rooms for $2K+ During Lakota Nation Invitational

Unlike the racist owners of the Grand Gateway Hotel, Marriott Hotels doesn’t discriminate against Indians. They would have charged anybody  over $2,000 a night for some of their rooms during the Lakota Nation Invitational last week:

People headed to a Native basketball, educational and cultural tournament in South Dakota were shocked to learn that two hotels were charging more than $2,000 a night during the event.

The two hotels in Rapid City — Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites — are both owned by Marriott Hotels. On Tuesday morning, they both listed rates of $2,000 or more, with taxes and fees included.

A front desk clerk at Residence Inn who answered the phone Tuesday said the $2,353 rate (with taxes and fees included) wan’t a typo, and he said he was checking with his manager to verify the rate.

“That’s what’s showing on my end as well,” he said [Kevin Abourezk, “‘Maybe They Don’t Want Our Business’,”, 2022.12.13].

Abourezk’s screen caps show the four-figure rates for standard suites with either one or two beds and a pull-out sofa.

Rooms at both inns tonight for two adults and two kids are running $60 to $79. Rates for the same rooms one August 8, 2023, in the middle of the Sturgis Rally, are $249 to $329.


  1. Jake 2022-12-20 09:44

    Oh, God…. The horror of it all-the greed, I mean.

  2. Richard Schriever 2022-12-20 09:58

    Jake – this is not about “greed”. It is the use of $$$ as a tool of racial discrimination. $1,000 to $50 says those rooms were not occupied.

  3. All Mammal 2022-12-20 11:43

    People need to boycott SD. Starve these racist cur fleas out. Put the mangy beast down. Make a sacrifice for the good of the ones who aren’t sick. Burn the corpse so the bloodsuckers don’t spread.

  4. P. Aitch 2022-12-20 12:41

    Boycotts Work …

  5. jerry 2022-12-20 13:41

    “The Green Book” movie is kinda like this. Remember, Indians were inslaved long after The Emancipation Act of 1863. Mormon’s killed white settlers and blamed the murders on Indians at Mountain Meadows. History never really changes much when it comes to the treatment of Native’s.
    Two grand for a room though, is really a new way for racists to operate with impunity,

  6. Arlo Blundt 2022-12-20 16:12

    The Lakota National Invitational is a wonderful event and traditionally “non Indian” teams are invited to participate, as the tournament also focuses on racial harmony and reconciliation through sport’s competition. The Tournament was won this year by Rapid City Christian. The first “non Indian” team I remember competing was Coach Larry Luitjens’ excellent teams from Custer. Coach Luitjens believed it was important for his teams to compete in this setting to promote understanding, mutual respect, and reconciliation. The tradition has continued for over twenty years. Some in Rapid City’s hospitality industry see their hosting of this signature event as a “burden”. That attitude is tragic.

  7. P. Aitch 2022-12-20 17:04

    What a great place for young white males and females to meet and maybe date Native young people. Just thinking about it makes me feel young again. #grins

  8. Nick Nemec 2022-12-20 20:53

    A hotel that would rather not rent any rooms than rent to Indians racism pure and simple.

  9. Mark Anderson 2022-12-20 23:13

    Who made the call? Find out and make them pay. The manager? Who owns it? A little digging will reveal the A hole.

  10. Mark Anderson 2022-12-20 23:25

    The boycott would work. Some hotels gave away free rooms. Reward those and screw Marriott.

  11. grudznick 2022-12-20 23:39

    Does Ms. Uhre own the Marriott too?

  12. Chad White Feather Sr 2022-12-21 04:43

    Rapid City has always been a Racist City & South Dakota was Founded by the Klu Klux Klan. The Klan still Here Controlling Everything Behind Closed Door’s. Especially the South Dakota Judicial System need to be Overlooked & Revised to Abolish all Laws in regards to the Ocete’Sakowin Oyate’s!

  13. Jenny 2022-12-21 07:47

    I will be sending this in to MN Public Radio) so Marriott can get the publicity it deserves.

  14. Debbie S 2022-12-23 03:11

    I happen to know that more than one hundred rooms were donated for the LNI officials by the hotels you are trying to smear (20 rooms times 6 nights = 120). Before the arrival of our storm, there were no rooms to be found. In fact hotel reservations systems were overbooked and the hospitality community in Rapid City worked very hard to make sure everyone coming to town would have a place to stay. There was NOT ONE room rented at that rate. That was a posted rate for a very short time when no rooms were available. The rate was reduced as availability occurred.

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