|While spraying Lakota protesters, hotel owner Connie Uhre tells demonstrators
that the spray substance is "bug spray."
Racist Rapid City: Hotel Owner Arrested for Spraying Lakotas with Chemical Spray During Protest
RAPID CITY, South Dakota -- In this city that is synonymous with bordertown racism, the owner of a hotel here was arrested Friday after spraying Lakotas with a chemical spray as they protested racism at the Grand Gateway Hotel.
Grand Gateway Hotel owner Connie Uhre sprayed several Lakotas who were boycotting racist treatment by the hotel with Pledge. Uhre was charged with three counts of simple assault.
Sunny Red Bear, director of racial equity at NDN Collective, was sprayed directly in the face.
“This is what we mean when we say that white supremacy is violent,” said Sunny Red Bear, racial equity director at NDN Collective. “No matter how long they lie dormant, peoples’ racist worldviews eventually come out in their actions.