About 300 people from Pine Ridge, Rapid City, Eagle Butte and Wounded Knee are marching from Memorial Park to Rapid City Regional Hospital to raise awareness of and to protest the alleged Vern Traversie incident.
Traversie, who is blind, alleges he was mutilated while undergoing surgery. His allegation is based on the description of his surgical scars others have provided to him. Rapid City police said they investigated Traversie's claim and did not find enough evidence to pursue charges.
“This is going to end today,” said American Indian Movement founder Dennis Banks referring to hate and racism. “We will not be sending our people to Rapid City Regional Hospital.”
At 1 p.m. the group was marching up Fifth Street resulting in minor traffic issues.
The group has a permit and is being escorted by police.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.