Boycott Ramps Up With Light Projection, Support for NDN Collective From Rapid City Businesses | NDN Collective

May 19, 2022

Boycott Ramps Up With Light Projection, Support for NDN Collective From Rapid City Businesses

“We love our community, we love our people – and because of that love, we won’t back down until Rapid City creates concrete consequences for any businesses that have racist practices and policies.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2022

Rapid City, SD — Today, NDN Collective announced that amidst their ongoing boycott of the ​​Grand Gateway Hotel, Foothills Inn, and Uhre Realty, a number of local businesses have made pledges condemning racism and expressing pride to serve Indigenous people.

Multiple messages were projected onto the Grand Gateway Hotel during Sunday’s light projection action held by NDN Collective. May 15, 2022. Photo by Willi White for NDN Collective.

On Sunday, NDN Collective held a light projection action at the Grand Gateway Hotel to bring more visibility to the group’s boycott and demands for change. 

He Sapa AIM, Wambli Ska Society, COUP, Journey On, and International Indigenous Youth Council have been supporting the boycott on the ground. NDN Collective encourages people in Rapid City and beyond to plug into the action here.

One of several messages projected as part of Sunday’s light projection action at the Grand Gateway Hotel in Rapid City, SD. May 15, 2022. Photo by Willi White for NDN Collective.

“Today marks the middle of the fifth week of boycotting the Grand Gateway Hotel and other Uhre family businesses,” said Sunny Red Bear, racial equity director at NDN Collective. “We continue to gain support from our community in various ways and find ourselves amazed at the solidarity expressed during our picketing lines! 

“We love our community, we love our people – and because of that love, we won’t back down until Rapid City creates concrete consequences for any businesses that have racist practices and policies.” 

Young relatives hold up ‘Rapid City vs. Racism’ signs as week 5 of the ongoing boycott against racism in Rapid City, SD ensues. May 18, 2022. Photo by Sunny Red Bear for NDN Collective.

“As a lifelong Rapid City community member, Lakota woman and mother, I find the racist acts by the Uhre family – whose businesses operate in a predominantly Native part of town – infuriating and unacceptable,” said Bre Jackson, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO of NDN Collective. “I implore everyone to write to our city and state leaders to call for the enforcement of US Code 42 in the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits businesses from practicing discrimination and segregation.

“We will not quietly walk away from this issue or give passes that allow racists to do business as usual. It is past time for a reckoning, one where we put an end to all forms of racism.”

“When we are confronted with racist acts and policy, we must do more than speak out – we must act,” said Gene Swallow, Front Desk Executive at NDN Collective. “We’re asking our community and our allies to join us in our anti-racist efforts, in order to build a safer and more equitable world for Indigenous people – starting right here in Rapid City.” 

NDN Collective is on week five of holding a picket line three times per week to discourage the Rapid City community from supporting businesses with racist policies & practices, and instead use their buying power to impact change by redirecting their dollars to businesses that stand in solidarity with Indigenous people. 

get involved here

###

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. 

June 2022 Edition

Stay Informed. Take Action.

Subscribe to the NDN allies newsletter

Sign up to get our newsletter. Delivered once per month.

We care about the protection of your data and would never sell your email or share it with anyone without your permission.

Posted 3 days ago NDN Collective Responds to Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade
“This is yet another attack by the settler state to risk the safety of our most vulnerable and eliminate the possibilities of full, healthy, and affirmed lives.”
Posted 1 week ago Fatherhood is Ceremony: Q&A with an Indigenous Father Prioritizing Healing and Family

Brandy Calabaza

We sat down with our very own Jordan Brien, Creative Director for NDN Collective, to talk about fatherhood and healing. His story ignites hope for a generation of Indigenous parents who are actively working to break colonial cycles of trauma while strengthening the family unit.
Posted 2 weeks ago NDN Collective Responds to White Nationalist Group’s Planned Riot at Idaho Pride Celebration
“Anti-queer and trans hate is the product of genocide and colonialism – before white settlers arrived and began to wreak havoc on our people, Indigenous communities embraced our LGBTQIA2S+ community members."
Posted 2 weeks ago NDN Collective Launches 2022 Community Self-Determination Grant: A Power Building Opportunity for Indigenous Communities
The application for the 2022 Community Self-Determination Grant is now open to Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island. This grant opportunity is intended to build Indigenous Power throughout our Nations with significant, flexible, multi-year funding.
Posted 1 month ago VIDEO: Grand Gateway Hotel Owner Physically Attacks NDN Collective Racial Equity Director
Grand Gateway Hotel owner Connie Uhre approaches boycotters and sprays Sunny Red Bear, NDN Collective Director of Racial Equity, directly in the face with a cleaning product.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective and Local Native Organizers Provide Support for Those Impacted by Wildfires in New Mexico
NDN Collective’s Climate Justice Campaign joined with the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women to distribute dozens of air filters for those impacted by the wildfires in New Mexico. The wildfires have been raging for over a month, spurred by unprecedented winds and drought which have consumed nearly 237,000 acres so far.
Posted 2 months ago For the People Festival Leaves Lasting Impact in Rapid City

Brandy Calabaza

Over a thousand people came together for the first-ever For the People Festival headlined by over a dozen Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island, after an earlier planned event went awry.
Posted 2 months ago Take Action! Join the Boycott Against Racist Businesses in Rapid City

Sarah Sunshine Manning

NDN Collective and a growing coalition of community members are mobilizing a boycott against the Grand Gateway Hotel and all Uhre-owned family businesses in response to discrimination and racist business practices.
Posted 2 months ago Celebrating the Matriarchs Who Have Left Imprints On Our Hearts

Brandi Douglas

On Mother’s Day and every day, we acknowledge our Matriarchs. Every moment of action and vocalization of truth for the betterment of the collective has been a testament to the reclamation and power to lead as they always have.
Posted 2 months ago NDN Collective Launches Community Engagement Survey for Distributing Nearly $50M to Native People in SD, ND, and MN
“We have an ambitious goal of hearing from over 20,000 Native individuals situated in the tri-state area. Our voices and lived experiences matter - and so do our visions and dreams for an abundant future.”
NDN Collective
408 Knollwood Dr
Rapid City, SD 57701
P: +1 (605) 791-3999
E: [email protected]
© 2022 NDN Collective. All rights reserved.