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The Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime law protecting its LGBTQ citizens
The Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime law protecting its LGBTQ citizens (September 23, 2019)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may be first to pass a hate crime law providing protections for LBGTQ and two spirit people, but citizens remain divided over decision.


Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law
Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law (September 3, 2019)

A hate crime law could be the first for tribal governments offering protection for LGBTQ citizens, Mary Annette Pember reports in Indian Country Today.


Albert Bender: Young Hoopa woman found murdered in California
Albert Bender: Young Hoopa woman found murdered in California (November 16, 2018)

Added to the long list of missing and murdered indigenous women is Angela McConnell, found brutally killed on September 7.


Anti-Indian hate crimes rose dramatically in first year of Trump presidency
Anti-Indian hate crimes rose dramatically in first year of Trump presidency (November 13, 2018)

Hate crimes against Native Americans increased a whopping 63 percent after Donald Trump took office.


What drives people to join hate groups? Research offers clues
What drives people to join hate groups? Research offers clues (October 10, 2018)

New research offers clues to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the United States.


The missing and murdered: 'We as Native women are hunted'
The missing and murdered: 'We as Native women are hunted' (August 27, 2018)

Native women are being murdered and sexually assaulted at far higher rates than other American women.


Hate in America: A millennial white male phenomenon
Hate in America: A millennial white male phenomenon (August 24, 2018)

The face of hate is changing in America, and millennial males are at the forefront.


Hate in America: Millions across the country are victims
Hate in America: Millions across the country are victims (August 21, 2018)

More than 2.4 million crimes, whose victims suspect were motivated by hate, were committed across the United States between 2012 to 2016.


ProPublica: Sentence handed down for death of young Quinault basketball star
ProPublica: Sentence handed down for death of young Quinault basketball star (May 25, 2018)

A white man in Washington state got 7 1/2 years for a killing some said was fueled by hate.


ProPublica: Young Quinault Nation basketball star was killed in disputed hate crime
ProPublica: Young Quinault Nation basketball star was killed in disputed hate crime (April 26, 2018)

Jimmy Smith-Kramer, a basketball legend on the Quinault Nation reservation, was 20 when he was mowed down by a white man in a pickup truck.


Cronkite News: Hate crimes continue to strike minority communities
Cronkite News: Hate crimes continue to strike minority communities (March 6, 2018)

In Arizona, as in much of the United States, the groups most targeted for hate crimes are African-Americans, Muslims, homosexual men and Jews.


President Trump offers late rebuke to 'White supremacists' as industry leaders quit council
President Trump offers late rebuke to 'White supremacists' as industry leaders quit council (August 15, 2017)

President Donald Trump offered a late rebuke of the 'KKK, neo-Nazis, White supremacists and other hate groups' in an attempt to address controversy over his handling of a racial violence in Virginia.


Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death
Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death (August 14, 2017)

Federal authorities have opened a 'civil rights investigation' into the death of a woman at a White supremacist rally as President Donald Trump continues to face questions about his handling of the incident.


Ben Nighthorse Campbell links racism to suicide among youth
Ben Nighthorse Campbell links racism to suicide among youth (June 6, 2017)

Native youth suffer from high rates of suicide and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former U.S. Senator, believes racism is one of the causes.


Driver remains free after riding into crowd at Native rights event
Driver remains free after riding into crowd at Native rights event (October 13, 2016)

A woman was hospitalized after a pickup truck rammed through the Abolish KKKolumbus Day protest in Reno, Nevada.


Native woman avoids hate crime sentence for punching non-Native
Native woman avoids hate crime sentence for punching non-Native (July 7, 2016)

Tamara Crowchief yelled 'I hate white people' before assaulting a non-Native victim in Calgary, Alberta.


Native-African man undergoes surgery again after racial attack
Native-African man undergoes surgery again after racial attack (May 17, 2016)

Clayton Denny (Chippewa Cree) is recovering in Montana after suffering serious injuries in a race-related incident in neighboring Wyoming.


Native-African man beaten in race-related incident in Wyoming
Native-African man beaten in race-related incident in Wyoming (May 16, 2016)

Clayton Denny, a 25-year-old veterans of the U.S. Marines, was attacked by two men but Wyoming does not have a hate crimes statute.


Non-Indian defendant gets life for shootings of tribal members
Non-Indian defendant gets life for shootings of tribal members (January 11, 2016)

Two members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe were shot as they slept -- Stallone Trosper was killed while James Goggles survived.


Arrest made over threats against Indian and minority students
Arrest made over threats against Indian and minority students (December 2, 2015)

A student at Western Washington University is being investigated under the state's hate crimes law for messages that were posted on a social media app.


Guilty pleas for shootings of Indian men in Wyoming border town
Guilty pleas for shootings of Indian men in Wyoming border town (October 2, 2015)

Stallone Trosper, 29, was murdered while he slept and James Goggles, 50, was seriously injured in the July 18 incident in Riverton.


Native Sun News: Lakota activist pushes for hate crime statute
Native Sun News: Lakota activist pushes for hate crime statute (August 14, 2015)

Racism is hard to prove and when it is proven in a court of law, there is no city ordinance in Rapid City which can effectively adjudicate or impose a harsher sentence for the convicted.


FBI launches preliminary probe into shootings of Indian men
FBI launches preliminary probe into shootings of Indian men (August 7, 2015)

Leaders of the Northern Arapaho Tribe of Wyoming traveled to Washington, D.C, to make the case for federal intervention.


Democrats call for hate crimes law after attack on Indian men
Democrats call for hate crimes law after attack on Indian men (August 6, 2015)

One member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe was murdered and another was left with serious injuries after both were shot in the head by a non-Indian assailant.


Native Sun News: Oglala father speaks out about racial incident
Native Sun News: Oglala father speaks out about racial incident (August 5, 2015)

Many American Horse School family members feel city attorney, Joel Landeen, failed to represent them properly in the disorderly conduct trial against Trace O’Connell.


Shooting highlights racial tensions on Wind River Reservation
Shooting highlights racial tensions on Wind River Reservation (July 30, 2015)

Two members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe were shot by a non-Indian assailant. One died and the other remains in serious condition.


George Abeyta: Stallone Trosper taken from us in act of hate
George Abeyta: Stallone Trosper taken from us in act of hate (July 24, 2015)

We, the family of Stallone Trosper, write from a place of terrible grief and sadness.


Officials back Northern Arapaho Tribe on hate crime charges
Officials back Northern Arapaho Tribe on hate crime charges (July 23, 2015)

Stallone Trosper was shot and killed by a non-Indian assailant while James Goggles remains in critical condition in Wyoming.


Northern Arapaho Tribe calls shooting of men a hate crime
Northern Arapaho Tribe calls shooting of men a hate crime (July 22, 2015)

Stallone Trosper, 29, was killed after being shot in the head. A second tribal member, James Goggles, remains hospitalized in serious condition.


Native Sun News: Trial set for racial attack on Lakota students
Native Sun News: Trial set for racial attack on Lakota students (July 16, 2015)

The trial of Trace O’Connell is set to begin at 1 p.m. on July 22 at the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City.


Native Sun News: Half-year marked by race-related incidents
Native Sun News: Half-year marked by race-related incidents (July 15, 2015)

Native Sun News will continue to stay in the forefront of news reporting covering race relations throughout the rest of the year.


Native Americans experience second highest rate of hate crimes
Native Americans experience second highest rate of hate crimes (June 19, 2015)

American Indians and Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely to be victims of race-based incidents than other groups.


Robert Cook: Racism remains a problem for Native students
Robert Cook: Racism remains a problem for Native students (May 7, 2015)

Native people aren't alone in being victims of racial slurs. Many people suffer the perils of racism and bigotry.


Dennis Chappabitty: How I survived a racist attack in Oklahoma
Dennis Chappabitty: How I survived a racist attack in Oklahoma (March 31, 2015)

I engaged in a pitched, life-and-death, brutal, bloody battle with four racist young white men on a lonely dark rural road in Creek County, Oklahoma in 1971.


Jury rules against Cheyenne River Sioux man in 'KKK' scar case
Jury rules against Cheyenne River Sioux man in 'KKK' scar case (March 30, 2015)

Despite the verdict in his federal court lawsuit, Vernon Traversie believes he stood up for the civil rights of Indian people in South Dakota.


Lakota Country Times: Lakota Nation Invitational stays in Rapid
Lakota Country Times: Lakota Nation Invitational stays in Rapid (March 26, 2015)

Last week the Lakota Nation Invitational board of directors voted unanimously to keep the four day cultural extravaganza in Rapid City.


Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations
Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations (March 26, 2015)

Native Sun News sat down with Kooiker to discuss race relations, his management of recent racial incidents and the future of the city regarding Native American citizens.


Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux leader not pleased with boycott
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux leader not pleased with boycott (March 26, 2015)

A resolution passed by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council erroneously listed Rapid City Attorney Patrick Duffy as a writer for the Rapid City Journal and advised stores selling the Journal on the reservation to refrain from doing so.


Trial opens into Cheyenne River Sioux man's 'KKK' surgical scars
Trial opens into Cheyenne River Sioux man's 'KKK' surgical scars (March 24, 2015)

Vernon Traversie, 71, was the first witness in the civil rights trial.


Native Sun News: Tribe seeks boycott of Rapid City newspaper
Native Sun News: Tribe seeks boycott of Rapid City newspaper (March 24, 2015)

Mistakes in journalism are a daily and frequent occurrence; stories are retracted, apologies are often made.


Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks federal probe into attack on children
Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks federal probe into attack on children (February 20, 2015)

A letter was sent to Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama.


Authorities file just one charge for racial attack on Indian kids
Authorities file just one charge for racial attack on Indian kids (February 19, 2015)

The charge of disorderly conduct carries just a 30-day jail sentence and a $500 fine.


Native Sun News: Rapid City paper admits error with headline
Native Sun News: Rapid City paper admits error with headline (February 17, 2015)

Since the founding of Hay Camp in 1876, race relations between Native Americans and whites in the Rapid City area have been tainted and marred by instances like those which took place at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center these past few weeks.


Tim Giago: Racism continues to be tolerated in South Dakota
Tim Giago: Racism continues to be tolerated in South Dakota (February 16, 2015)

South Dakota in general and Rapid City in particular, appear to have cornered the 2015 market on racism, inequality and lack of justice.


Robert Flying Hawk: Hate and racism too common in Rapid City
Robert Flying Hawk: Hate and racism too common in Rapid City (February 12, 2015)

The Yankton Sioux Tribe wishes to express its extreme disdain for what can only be described as hate-fueled and racist conduct directed at a group of Lakota youth.


Native Sun News: Second beer splashing incident investigated
Native Sun News: Second beer splashing incident investigated (February 12, 2015)

On the evening of Friday, Jan. 30, Kristen Hunter, a Lakota cowgirl from Allen, invited two of her best friends, Danielle Hudspeth and D. Young Man II, to the XTreme Bulls Tour.


Lakota Nation Invitational debates location after racial incident
Lakota Nation Invitational debates location after racial incident (February 11, 2015)

Bryan Brewer, a former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who founded the LNI, said he's facing pressure to move the event out of Rapid City.


David Rooks: No consequences for pouring beer on Indian youth
David Rooks: No consequences for pouring beer on Indian youth (February 9, 2015)

For roughly 15 minutes, beginning during the second intermission, at least three adult males, exceedingly inebriated, verbally harassed the students.


Jon Edwards: Racist attitude in Rapid City is far from imaginary
Jon Edwards: Racist attitude in Rapid City is far from imaginary (February 6, 2015)

It is very real, this attitude that one person’s skin color is superior to another person’s.


Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota children are called little sacred ones
Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota children are called little sacred ones (February 6, 2015)

In all of life's cruelest moments, the worse is child abuse in any form.


Albert Bender: Indian children victimized by hockey game fans
Albert Bender: Indian children victimized by hockey game fans (February 4, 2015)

Over 100 Native Americans - parents, tribal officials and American Horse School staff - met with Rapid City officials to demand that charges be filed against the adults responsible.


Gyasi Ross: Interview with parent at hockey game in Rapid City
Gyasi Ross: Interview with parent at hockey game in Rapid City (February 4, 2015)

Some people committed a hate crime against little Native kids last week at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.


Investigation into mistreatment of Indian students drags out
Investigation into mistreatment of Indian students drags out (February 3, 2015)

The police chief in Rapid City, South Dakota, is warning that the investigation could take 'weeks' to resolve.


NAJA: Paper owes apology for flawed story about Indian children
NAJA: Paper owes apology for flawed story about Indian children (February 2, 2015)

The Rapid City Journal published a regrettable headline and flawed story on Saturday that represents one of the more troubling examples of irresponsible coverage of Native Americans in recent years.


Danielle Miller: Media lauds violence against our Indian children
Danielle Miller: Media lauds violence against our Indian children (February 2, 2015)

When Native children are being assaulted, the immediate reaction should not be to seek justifications for the attack.


Opinion: File charges for hateful assault against Indian children
Opinion: File charges for hateful assault against Indian children (February 2, 2015)

The actions of the men in the VIP Suite was despicable, humiliating, and devastating to these children’s well-being and safety.


Company claims harassment after racial incident at hockey game
Company claims harassment after racial incident at hockey game (January 30, 2015)

Facebook users continue to leave negative comments for Eagle Sales, a beer distributor.


Criminal charges possible over mistreatment of Indian students
Criminal charges possible over mistreatment of Indian students (January 29, 2015)

One suspect has been identified and assault, hate crime and child abuse charges might be filed.


Police investigate treatment of Oglala youth at hockey game
Police investigate treatment of Oglala youth at hockey game (January 28, 2015)

A group of men yelled racial remarks and threw beer on students and staff members.


Authorities treating arson at First Nation's office as a hate crime
Authorities treating arson at First Nation's office as a hate crime (January 20, 2015)

Racist graffiti was found inside the structure after the fire, which caused $40,000 in damage.