MARCH 24, 2022

SDDP Condemns Racist Language from Rapid City Hotel Owner

On Sunday, Rapid City hotel owner Connie Uhre posted racist comments on social media and threatened to ban Native Americans from the Grand Gateway Hotel. This language has no place in South Dakota, and the South Dakota Democratic Party was proud to participate in yesterday’s Unity March Against Racism.

South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Randy Seiler released the following statement:

“There’s no room for racism in South Dakota. The South Dakota Democratic Party is clear in its condemnation of Connie Uhre’s racist comments. We stand with South Dakota’s Native American communities to oppose discrimination in our state. 

“Governor Noem is always quick to comment on controversial issues, but when she has the opportunity to condemn racism in our state, her silence speaks volumes. South Dakota deserves a leader who will stand up to hate and intolerance.”

SDDP Native Outreach Director Cante Heart spoke at yesterday’s rally and released the following statement:

“We appreciate our allies for standing with us against racism. There is no excuse to be silent on this issue. The lack of leadership from our governor on this matter speaks volumes. We will continue to work hard for better leadership in our state.”