South Dakota H.S. Cancels Homecoming Activities After Seeing ‘Go Back to Rez’ Message

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 16th, 2017 Last Updated on: October 16th, 2017

Last week, some photos started circulating around social media of teenagers smashing a car that had been spray painted with hurtful messages.

As many news outlets reported, including Native News Online, the graffiti said ‘Go Back to the Rez', and on the snapchat messages the caption read ‘F*ck Pine Ridge'.

Raw Story also pointed out some other symbolism on the car:

One particularly worrisome image spray-painted above the “go back to the Rez” message are the letters SS, which can refer to Schutzstaffel, Adolph Hitler’s paramilitary force. Skinheads and neo-Nazi’s often use such symbolism to express their views of white supremacy.

Luckily school officials caught wind of this stunt and immediately canceled all homecoming activities, parade, dance and the football game.

“On behalf of the Meade School District, we apologize for the actions taken by a group of students and their actions disrespecting the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are unacceptable,” said Meade County School District Superintendent Donald Kirkegaard. “These actions do not represent us a community and we are deeply embarrassed”

“We are working with the Pine Ridge School District and the Native American population in this very crucial time and identifying appropriate actions to deal with this immediately so that this never happens again,” continued Kirkegaard.

So what do you think can and should be done to repair the damage in the community there?

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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patricia lopez

Maybe Trump will have those racist students to the White House to honor them for their brave act.
We Native Americans need to move forward in educating the outside community about our history and accomplishments. We need rise above our anger and continue to inspire our youth to achieve great accomplishments, work for their communities, protect their families and support the elderly. We adults need to take a leadership role in educating and demanding of our elected officials that they fulfill their duties and obligations to the Native American communities they serve.
Native American Commissioner, City/County of Los Angeles
Creator be with us.


Educate the whole families on colonization. Grandparents, parents, and children.

Cheryl Russell

As an Apache & Cherokee mixed blood, I can well understand how the Native American Indian people resent this act of racial hatred. Imagine what would happen if this was done to African Americans? They might well have a riot on their hands. Just because we don’t protest it, doesn’t mean that it is ok to treat our native people that way! We are American citizens too! Cheryl Windsong Russell

William Ledford

Welcome to Trumpland. Home of the Great Divider. Trump and his racist supporters want to make America white (they spell it great) again. Like it ever was. Watch your backs brothers and sisters.

Dixie Metzinger

Jim I agree with your suggestion but adding to that many hours of community service to be done while they are suspended from school. Need to keep them busy doing things that are good to help the community and not have free time to do damage. They must have had too much free time to destroy other people’s property and make such statements. Require the students and parents involved take Native American Indian history from the time the Europeans landed on North American soil.


They need to learn about the native American community first hand not what they grew up hearing about us make them do community service for the native American community the best way to redirect ppl is educate them on what they don’t know.

Terri Scott

If the administration is going to take true leadership role in this situation, they would have the students who committed this hate crime to stand in front of the students and families and apologize. Maybe then, they would stop their nonsense and start to become better people.

It is very scary to think that these same students will go out into the world after graduation, have their own kids and continue perpetuating this kind of hate.

Brenda Strickland

NO SUSPENSION! EXPEL them permanately! My husband is Native and this is offensive to us as well.

Jim A Ayala

Identify all the kids that were in that picture smashing that car and at the scene suspend them all from school activities and suspended from school for the rest of the year hopefully they will learn what they did was wrong and their parents to take them to the school and apologize to all the kids there for ruining all their activities

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