Disorderly Conduct Charge Angers Some Native Parents

Feb 18, 2015

A Philip man is being charged with disorderly conduct after an incident involving Native American children at a hockey game in January.

An 88 page affidavit in the disorderly conduct case includes witnesses who say the kids were told to “go back to the rez.”

A complaint was filed against 41 year old Trace O’Connell of Phillip in seventh Circuit Magistrate Court.  The charges include a maximum penalty of 30-days in jail and a $500 fine.
 
Parents and students left the January 24, 2015, hockey game early after some students were allegedly doused with beer.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that some of the parents in the case are angry over the outcome of the investigation.