SIOUX CITY, Iowa - In the pouring rain Wednesday, a group of people from local Native American tribes protested in front of a local hotel. This comes after a member of the Omaha Tribe was denied a room at the Days Inn in Sioux City.
Protesters say they came together to show unity around one of their own.
On Tuesday, we told you how Heather Baxter says she was denied a room at the Days Inn because she's a tribe member. Days Inn says it was a misunderstanding, because they no longer accept payment from the Omaha Tribe, due to the condition some of its members of left their rooms in. They say Heather would have been welcome to stay and pay personally.
Tribal Chief Michael Wolf he's proud of Heather for standing up for herself.
Wolf says, "Why are the Omahas being singled out like this. Not every one of us is making bad choices, so to speak."
A Facebook video Heather recorded of her interaction with the Days Inn employee has gone viral, leading to a strong response online. She says she got a call from the owner, apologizing, but says she still plans to file a complaint and has talked to someone from the city's human rights division.
Baxter says, "The way they did that is just so wrong, wrong in so many ways I can't even explain it how I felt."
In a statement they released on Facebook, the Days Inn local owner says, in part:
"This incident in no way reflects the standards of service at Days Inn by Wyndham Sioux City, IA. We take full responsibility for miscommunication during the event. Our employees should have been better trained on hotel payment policies. We humbly apologize for any pain or frustration this has caused our local community and visiting guests."
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