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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Native Americans Suing Cops Over Headdress Fracas Release List of Demands

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The two Native American Giants fans who were tossed from a game earlier this summer are not only suing the city for "police brutality" but they're now asking the Giants to follow through with a list of demands, including new training for its security staff.

As readers might recall, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse got into an argument with a headdress-wearing hipster at AT&T Park the night of June 23. The two were reportedly offended by the "counterfeit" headdresses worn by drunk guys on Native American Heritage Night. After confronting them, an argument ensued and the cops ejected both Bighorse and Negrette from the stadium. The pair says that the cops threw Negrette to the ground by her hair and "violently twisting her arms."

Yesterday, Negrette and Bighorse filed a claim against the City and County of San Francisco, alleging their civil rights were violated as well as police misconduct and wrongful detention.  
"I am tired of being walked all over," April Negrette said in a statement released today. "Nobody would call me a sq*aw to my face, but they will make fun of our culture - the cultures that were outlawed, forcibly removed from us, beaten out of us in boarding schools, that people were murdered for simply because we were different - and play dress up in it now because all of a sudden it's cool to be a Native? No way. We live, breathe and die this everyday. We walk around with the influences of those things ingrained in us to this day."

In addition to filing a claim against San Francisco, Negrette, Bighorse and the National Lawyers Guild have a bunch of written demands they've sent over to the Giants, starting with an apology:

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"The Giants' new code of fan conduct is frustratingly vague and can only be enforced capriciously and arbitrarily," said Kimball Bighorse. "Worse, it fails to acknowledge - let alone address - the true problem: institutionalized racism against Native Americans in sports."

Here's a short video that includes some raw footage of the night in question:

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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