January 27, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) A South Dakota-based beer distributor has released a statement of apology after Native American grade-school students reported being harassed at a Rapid City Rush hockey game.

Chaperone Justin Poor Bear says students from the American Horse K-8 school in Allen were subjected to racial slurs and had beer sprayed on them at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Saturday.

The Rapid City Journal reports the president of Rapid City distributor Eagle Sales, Tom Helland, says guests in the company's suite were responsible for the poor behavior.

The company and the hockey team say they're looking into the incident. Police say they haven't been notified.

Civic Center Director Craig Baltzer says the facility is working to determine the identity of the alleged harassers and may ban them from future events.

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