- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The editor of the Rapid City Journal says it apologized on the front page for a headline that prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council to ban sales of the newspaper on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The headline questioned whether some Native American students stood for the Pledge of Allegiance at a hockey game before they were reportedly called racist names and had beer sprayed on them.

Editor Bart Pfankuch (FAN’-kook) says the story under the headline clearly indicated the students did stand for the anthem. And he says sources in the story pointed out explicitly there could never be any justification for such treatment of children.

Pfankuch says the paper also ran a strongly worded editorial condemning racism and the lack of action of those who didn’t intervene.

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