DOJ sues South Dakota hotel owners after banning Native Americans

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the owners of a Rapid City, South Dakota hotel on Wednesday, alleging that they violated the civil rights of Na...

October 20, 2022
2:56 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the owners of a Rapid City, South Dakota hotel on Wednesday, alleging that they violated the civil rights of Native Americans by trying to ban them from the property.The Justice Department alleges that on at least two occasions in March, Connie Uhre and her son Nicholas Uhre committed racial discrimination by turning away Native Americans who sought to book a room at the Grand Gateway Hotel.Connie Uhre had also told other Rapid City hotel owners and managers that she did not want Native American customers there or in the hotel's bar, the Cheers Sports Lounge and Casino.

Associated Press