Popular Basketball Tournament Will Stay in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Organizers of the annual Lakota Nation Invitational basketball tournament will keep it in Rapid City this year.
The tournament's board of directors had been entertaining offers from other potential host sites due to racial tensions in Rapid City. KEVN-TV reports that Board President Chuck Wilson has issued a statement saying the board has voted to stay committed to Rapid City.
Wilson says the group also will continue discussions with city leaders on how to improve race relations.
Tensions increased when a man was accused of subjecting Native American children to racial slurs and spraying them with beer during a late January minor league hockey game in the city.
Convention and Visitors Bureau official Domico Rodriguez says "the actions of one individual do not reflect the mindset of Rapid City."
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.