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Fri May 21, 2010 5:37 am (PDT)
Sent: Tue, May 18, 2010 8:29 am
Subject: summer Rally
Plans for proposed protest changing as event grows
Plans for the proposed protest over allegations of “inadequate news coverage” by Rapid City’s mainstream media regarding the law-enforcement shooting death of Christopher J. Capps are growing in an effort to improve the focus and safety of the event.
Capps was shot to death by Pennington County Sheriff’s Department deputy Dave Olson on May 2 in an open field behind Sunnyside Mobile Home Community, just north of Rapid City.
Sponsored by the United Urban Warrior Society, the honoring-and-protest event is being reset for mid-summer “between the Fourth of July and the Sturgis Bike Rally, according to James Swan of Rapid City. He said a specific date remains to be selected.
However, because of safety issues involved, the proposed event’s venue is being changed to the Rapid City Band Shell, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, according to Swan, who also indicated that organizers are considering making it an annual event.
“That’s where – at the band shell -- we can be off the street and in a safety zone for speeches, entertainment, drum groups and such to honor Capps’ life and at the same time to protest that no mainstream media in the Rapid City region identified the 22-year-old Oglala Lakota as a Native American.
Swan said that he is being contacted from as far away as “both coasts” by American Indians and non-Indians alike. He said the event was “growing by the day, so we need more time to plan it well.”
Meanwhile, organizers are appealing for donations of cash to, among other things, lease the band shell and provide security. Those planning to participate can contact Swan at:firstname.lastname@example.org or call (605) 381-8612.
This will be posted in the "Native Sun News" this week...