This last Saturday, the sensational headline “Did Native students stand for National Anthem?” was featured on the front page of the Rapid City Journal.
The headline and ensuing story relates to a disturbing January 24 incident where Native American students, some as young as 9-years-old, were badgered with racist epithets and had beer poured on them as they attended a Rush hockey game in Rapid City.
Rather than bringing increased scrutiny to the disturbed individuals who targeted young Native children with torrents of violent racism–the newspaper examines the victims’ responsibility.
This questionable spin on the story which has dominated the publication’s attention since January 24 shines a light on a larger issue of media representation of Native in South Dakota. The Lakota People’s Law Project started because the state of South Dakota was willfully violating the Indian Child Welfare Act. While it is one issue among many, both the recent incident at the hockey…
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