Apache Spur is a restaurant chain originating out of South Africa. Approximately 265 restaurants exist in South Africa and internationally. Artistic misrepresentations of American Indian tribes in the United States are pervasive throughout this restaurant, which is new to Aberdeen. I was literally left speechless upon seeing it.
The most offensive stereotype to me was this roulette table with an image of an American Indian on it. Even though my tribe now owns casinos, it brought to mind my years in Washington, D.C. during the prior administration when lawmakers and CEOs frequently told me that tribes no longer needed legislation or more funding because they "all" owned casinos. For those who are not familiar with this, all tribes in the United States do not own casinos and it has always been an uphill battle to pass federal Indian legislation that benefits tribes and maintain that funding.