Hockey Fans Pour Beer On Native Kids, Tell Them To ‘Go Back To The Rez’

January 28, 2015 4:04 p.m.

Fans in Rapid City, S.D. poured beer on a group of Native American children and shouted racial slurs at them during a hockey game, television station KOTA reported on Monday.

The 57 children who attended the Rush hockey game on Saturday were students at the American Horse School and were invited to the game as part of a program with the hockey team, KOTA reported.

Saturday’s incident got so out of control that chaperones reportedly removed the students from the arena. And, according to the station, the incident was eventually reported to management.

One of the chaperones and parents, Justin Poor Bear, wrote about the event on Sunday in a Facebook post, according to KOTA.

“They were getting drunk and around the third quarter they were talking crap to our kids and throwing down beer on some of them, including our staff and students … telling our students to go back to the rez,” Poor Bear wrote.

Poor Bear told KOTA he was upset during the incident and was “invited” to “fight about it” by the fans hurling beer from the VIP section.

Executive Director Craig Baltzer said the civic center might take action against the belligerent fans and the company who rented the VIP suite said it was working with the Rush to invite the students back for another hockey game, KOTA reported.

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