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Radio host suspended for calling for segregated Native American prep basketball

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Radio host Paul Mushaben of KCTR in Billings has been suspended indefinitely according to a statement posted on the Cat Country website Thursday evening.

"On Tuesday of this week, longtime KCTR morning show host Paul Mushaben made a post on his blog entitled “Indian Basketball.” KCTR does not support the blog or the sentiments expressed therein," the website stated.

"Once management became aware of the content it was immediately removed from the station website and we have since taken action to suspend Mr. Mushaben indefinitely, pending further internal review," it also stated.

The website stated the blog post in no way reflects the values or beliefs of KCTR or its employees and they apologized to their listeners, advertisers, and the Native American community in the statement.

"We assure you that we are taking appropriate action to prevent this from happening in the future," it stated.

(1st Report) A racially insensitive Facebook post by a Billings radio host about Native Americans brought a show of unity to Wednesday night's Northern C Divisional tournament in Great Falls.

Radio host Paul Mushaben of KCTR ("Cat Country 102.9FM") posted the comment Tuesday, calling for segregated tournaments for Native American teams, accusing Native fans of unruly behavior.

The post has since been deleted.

“The crowd is so unruly and disrespectful of the facility that it may be time for the MHSA to proceed with an all Indian tourney,” he wrote, claiming that conditions at tournament games featuring Native American teams were “not safe anymore.” 

“Enough is enough and it’s the kids that suffer,” Mushaben added.

Members from four teams came to center court in Great Falls on Wednesday night and locked arms to show their support for all players and communities.

The display was organized by Box Elder coach Jeremy MacDonald.

Hays-Lodgepole coach Derrick Shambo says it's frustrating to deal with these racial comments.

Shambo said, "For him to say, to put Native Americans in one category is not right, you know?  We're all different. Even though we're all Native Americans, we'll all different as people, as a whole. I've been told by other schools how my kids act. I'll say you're an extension of me, your community,  and your school. So have respect, respect other people's property. And they do, I've been told good things about my kids and as a coach, that makes me proud."

Coach MacDonald of Box Elder also wrote on Facebook that the best way to combat racism is to engage in a civil dialogue that reflects the better morals of human beings who respect each other and want to develop a better world.

The story has been picked up and shared across the nation, including by news organizations such as Forbes and the Washington Post.

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