NDN Collective Responds to Brutal K9 Attack on Native Man in Rapid City | NDN Collective

July 26, 2020

NDN Collective Responds to Brutal K9 Attack on Native Man in Rapid City

NDN Collective calls out excessive use of force by South Dakota Highway Patrol with K9 unit deployed on Native man and overall systemic violence against Indigenous people at the hands of law enforcement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2020

Rapid City, South Dakota — On Friday, a Native man in Rapid City, South Dakota was attacked by a Highway Patrol officer and K9 unit who called to the scene after a minor altercation. In a video on social media, a witness filmed the K9 unit attacking the man for over 2 minutes even after the police officer shoots him with a stun gun. In response to the horrific incident, NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen released the following statement:

“This shows exactly how Native people in Rapid City are treated by police. Regardless of the situation before the video begins, the man was unarmed and posed no threat to the officer or the K9 unit. The officer was the one who made it violent.

“An unarmed Native man taking a step forward on our own land is not an act of violence or a threat. A police officer attacking with an animal and using excessive force is an act of violence.

“Why didn’t the officer make an arrest? This is not the proper use of K9 units. Clearly the tax-paying dollars of this state are being used to create a militarized police state, when the dollars should be used to improve education, create livable wage jobs, fight the housing and homeless crisis, and combat COVID-19.

“This is a symptom of a greater systemic issue in South Dakota, where Indigenous people have our lands illegally occupied, our people jailed at unconscionable numbers, and our relatives attacked by police and animals with impunity. To make our communities safe, we must abolish policing and redirect their funds towards systems of care that allow all communities to flourish without violence and protect the rightful sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples in our lands.”

Key Facts:

  • The Black Hills of South Dakota, including the land that Rapid City, SD occupies, is all unceded Lakota territory per the Treaty of 1868 at Fort Laramie. A 1980 Supreme Court decision upheld that this land is still illegally occupied and under the rightful sovereignty of the Lakota people.
  • South Dakota leads the nation in incarceration per capita
    • Although Natives make up 8.7 percent of South Dakota’s population, they are roughly half of those booked into jails in the state. 
    • According to data from the Vera Institute of Justice, Natives between the ages of 15 and 64 are incarcerated at 10 times the rate of white people in South Dakota. 
  • A 2014 Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice report found that Native Americans were the most likely racial group to be killed by law enforcement.

###

About NDN Collective

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.

October 2021 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 6 days ago NDN Collective Celebrates Buffalo Release with Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Wolakota Regenerative Buffalo Range & Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wolakota Buffalo Range, a project of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic development arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is the largest Native owned and managed buffalo range in the world.
Posted 7 days ago ‘Racist and Irresponsible’: NDN Collective Responds to Math Teacher’s Mockery of Native Americans in Classroom Lesson
“This type of derogatory behavior by an educator is a prime example of the continued racist attitudes Indigenous people have experienced in educational systems that began with Indian boarding schools. Our Indigenous students need healing from the trauma inflicted by these ongoing racist practices. That begins with a curriculum that reflects the language and culture of the students being served."
Posted 7 days ago Revitalizing the Buffalo Nation and Building an Indigenous-led Economy for the Sicangu Lakota

NDN Collective Climate Justice Team

The Wolakota Regenerative Buffalo Range and Wildlife Sanctuary is a triple-bottom-line project that is creating profit, helping people, and benefiting the planet.
Posted 3 weeks ago NDN Collective Celebrates Restoration of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante
"Today’s restoration proclamation is a promising step toward respect for Indigenous people, our connection to and the sovereignty we have over our land, and is a necessary step toward building a better nation-to-nation relationship with tribal governments in the U.S. There is still so much more work to do."
Posted 4 weeks ago Wearing Orange to Heal, to Remember, and Build Collective Power: NDN Collective Honors Orange Shirt Day

Sarah Sunshine Manning

On Orange Shirt Day, we honor all of the children who suffered unimaginable pain and devastation in boarding and residential school systems. At NDN Collective, we remember them today and every day, and we lift up their spirits– survivors who are still with us, and the countless loved ones and children in the spirit world who never made it home.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective Statement of Condolence: Honoring the Life of Marie Randall Brushbreaker
In honor of a beloved Lakota matriarch and Land Defender who stood up for Mother Earth.
Posted 1 month ago NDN Collective Launches Book at NY Climate Week, ‘Required Reading’ Calling for Bold Climate Action and Indigenous Climate Solutions
NDN Collective announces the official launch of the organization’s first book curated by the NDN Climate Justice Campaign. ‘Required Reading: Climate Justice, Adaptation + Investing in Indigenous Power’ is a practical guide for seasoned politicians and grassroots advocates alike to establish equitable and meaningful solutions to the climate catastrophe.
Posted 1 month ago 'We Matter': Native Youth Join the Fight Against Indigenous Erasure in SD State Education Standards at March, Rally and Solidarity Actions Across the State

Brandi Douglas

Hundreds participate in the Oceti Sakowin March for Our Children, demanding education equity and resignation of numerous SD public officials for complicity in Indigenous erasure
Posted 2 months ago Supporting & Honoring Our Youth: NDN Collective 2nd Annual Backpack Giveaway Draws Hundreds

Brandi Douglas

Students receive school supplies, NDN swag, free COVID-19 vaccines, and sign-up for the Oceti Sakowin Community Academy, opening Fall 2022
Posted 2 months ago NDN Collective Holding March for Youth, calling out Indigenous erasure in newly proposed SD social studies standards
Action to oppose the recently proposed updates to SD’s social studies standards by Governor Noem and the South Dakota Department of Education and uplift demands for inclusive, historically accurate education for all students in South Dakota
NDN Collective
408 Knollwood Dr
Rapid City, SD 57701
P: +1 (605) 791-3999
E: info@ndncollective.org
© 2021 NDN Collective. All rights reserved.