Meeting addresses race relations in Rapid City
SANI-T: Society for the Advancement of Native Interests-Today hosted the first of two meetings on race relations in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The meetings were called in response to a series drive-by attacks on Indian pedestrians. Attendees said discrimination is common.

"I wasn't surprised by this," said writer Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Tribe, The Rapid City Journal reported. "Neither are many of the Indians in this audience,"

Don Frankenfeld, a businessman and former legislator, suggested boycotts of businesses in Rapid City. Moving the Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament or the Black Hills Pow Wow would send a strong message, he said.

"A consumers union would be appropriate for a demand for respect before shopping here. It might make a difference," said Frankenfeld, the paper reported.

The next meeting will be held on April 29.

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