College Apologizes To Native American Brothers Detained After Joining Campus Tour

The Morgan Library on Colorado State University's Fort Collins campus

The Morgan Library on Colorado State University's Fort Collins campus. Brendan Bombaci Flickr

He says officers released the brothers after they provided an email on their phone showing they had reserved campus tour spots. "This was their dream school, and I wanted to give them that opportunity", Gray said to a CNN affiliate. "And their behavior is just really odd". "Their clothing has dark stuff on it - like, their face".

"Just, uh, kind of this weird symbolism or wording on it", the woman said.

The shirt Thomas was wearing on the tour had an image for Cattle Decapitation, a death metal band that opposes animal cruelty, he said.

#BREAKING: CSU has released the lapel video and the 911 call associated with the two Native American boys who were reported during their college tour. They're also Mowhawk from the Akwesasne Mowhawk Reservation in upstate NY. They lost the tour and felt dejected, so they left. But they arrived late, and they joined the the tour after it began. One officer pats down a Gray brother when he can't produce identification.

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Officer: "Ok, they also said they tried asking you questions, and you wouldn't answer questions". The two missed the remainder of their tour, then returned home to New Mexico.

Numerous people commenting on Kahneratokwas Gray's posts about the incident urged the woman who initially called police to step forward so that she can deliver her own apology to the young men. "Our family is shocked and saddened over this incident of racial profiling, and disappointed that the school didn't take a more proactive stand in protecting my boys from being shamed in this hostile way". "Which we already know we've seen happen around the country with young men of color being shot to death for reaching for their driver's license or telephone". "The Office of Admissions, Office of the VP for Diversity, Native American Cultural Center, and the CSUPD all are meeting to review how such an incident can be avoided or more appropriately handled in the future".

The woman also said during the call that the teens were "lying the whole time", but doesn't offer specifics to support the claim, except to say that one of them laughed when she asked what they were studying.

In a message posted to CSU's website, President Dr. On Friday, May 4, the school tweeted that they have made several attempts to contact the Gray family, and that they "deeply regret the unwelcoming and concerning experience they had while guests on our campus".

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But the incident last Monday has caused an outcry as a case of racial discrimination and prompted the university to apologize and try to make amends. According to their mother, Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray, the boys did nothing wrong and were profiled because they are Native American.

As of Friday the family had not responded to the university's offers to reimburse travel expenses and provide a VIP tour, reported National Public Radio.

Gray said her sons were upset and didn't want to bring attention to the incident, but believes the issue needs to be brought to light.

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