U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes up racism in South Dakota

Tribal activists led a protest against the police shooting of Christopher Capps in Rapid City, South Dakota, in June 2010. Photo by Estella Claymore / Native Sun News

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be focusing on the "subtle effects of racism" in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Advisory Committee to the commission is hosting a panel discussion on Friday, March 24, in Aberdeen, according to a press release. Tribal officials are among those expected to testify at the first of three sessions on the issue.

"The briefing topics will include the value of the use of body-worn cameras in law enforcement, and minority policing that impacts Native Americans and immigrant communities," a notice that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday reads.

The advisory committee's members include A. Gay Kingman, a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe who serves as the executive director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmans' Association, and Ira W. Taken Alive, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Federal Register Notice:
Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the South Dakota Advisory Committee (March 14, 2017)