Local Shari’s kicks out couple dressed as Native Americans who were making war cries throughout restaurant

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Local Shari’s kicks out couple dressed as Native Americans who were making war cries throughout restaurant

Gracyn Richardson, Editor

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On Oct. 26, a Lewiston couple dined at Shari’s after a Halloween party, and were kicked out due to their inappropriate costumes and making native war cries while customers ate breakfast causing controversy on local Facebook pages.

According to Shari’s spokeswoman, Lisa Amore, a fairly large group of intoxicated people came in looking to dine, two of which were dressed in the culturally appropriated costumes.

“The couple began to get disruptive and loud and made racial war cries,” Amore said.

According to Amore, the couple made racist remarks to a couple of staff members of the restaurant who were both Native American.

“To further clarify, the reason the guests were asked to leave was because of their offensive conduct and comments to our staff and guests,” a statement from Shari’s corporate headquarters reads.

Amore also added, “At Shari’s, we believe that all people should be treated kindly and equally with respect be they staff or patrons and we simply won’t tolerate anyone that doesn’t share those values.”

Being less than 10 miles away from the largest local reservation in Idaho, the actions of the local couple was evident that they were being racist against the heritage of the city they reside in.

“Well, we tried to have breakfast after a fabulous Halloween party with friends and we were kicked out for our Native American costumes!!!” the post read. “Never Stepping another foot in Shari’s. NEVER EVER!”

The post has since been deleted and the woman’s Facebook page can no longer be found. However, that didn’t stop a screenshot of the post from being shared on Twitter.

After sifting through the original comments, many people of the Valley agreed with the couple that Shari’s was “out of line” for their actions against the two.

Mariah Gladstone of Kalispel saw the woman’s post on Facebook after a friend shared it. Gladstone is a member of the Blackfoot Tribe and the founder of Indigikitchen, a company that works to revitalize Native food systems.

Gladstone reported, “There’s a period of time between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving where native people are expecting to see a lot of racist caricatures on social media, it’s one of those things that I’m always bracing myself for during this season.”

After first seeing the post, many people, including Gladstone, thought, “not again.”

“I suspect that the post was deleted because they were getting pretty negative feedback,” Gladstone commented.

After Gladstone reposted the original post on Twitter, the comments were overwhelmingly positive on Shari’s actions.

“Just want to give Shari’s a huge shout out for kicking out the ignorant people who were dressed as indigenous people who were war whooping and mocking our culture – thank you for having so much class” one reviewer commented.


Editors note:
After this incident, and that of others from previous years, i.e: Idahoian teachers dressing up as people of Mexican descent and the “wall,” to the group of employees at P1FCU who dressed in blackface to recreate the African American bobsled team in the movie Cool Runnings, the sane people of Lewiston can only hope that people can have more awareness to their costumes for years to come.

 

Source: This article uses information obtained from the Spokesman Review. Their article can be found at:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/oct/28/sharis-in-lewiston-kicks-out-couple-dressed-as-ind/