Police called to investigate Native Americans on tour of CSU

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Colorado State University officials say two Native American prospective students touring campus were questioned by police after a parent on the tour called to report she was nervous about their presence.

Thomas Gray told FOX31 he and his brother, Lloyd, arrived at CSU late. They had saved money and traveled to Fort Collins from New Mexico.

Lloyd Gray on student tour at CSU. Photo credit: Thomas Gray

Gray said they joined the tour late and within 10 minutes police showed up and started questioning them and then officers patted them down.

He said they had to show proof they were on campus for the tour.

The Colorado State University Police Department then released them, but their tour group had moved on without them.

They left campus and returned home to New Mexico.

They called their mother after the incident. Gray said she's probably more shaken up than they are.

Thomas Gray, left and Lloyd Gray. Courtesy: Gray brothers

The university is reviewing the incident. Officials said in an email to students that the "incident is sad and frustrating from nearly every angle."

"As a university community, we deeply regret the experience of these students while they were guests on our campus," the school said in a statement.

"The fact that these two students felt unwelcome on our campus while here as visitors runs counter to our Principles of Community and the goals and aspirations of the CSU Police Department, even as they are obligated to respond to an individual’s concern about public safety, as well as the principles of our Office of Admissions."

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne released a statement about the incident late Thursday night:

"We share concern over the reported treatment of two Native American teens while on a campus tour of Colorado State University. After speaking with CSU President Tony Frank, we believe the university’s response shows the seriousness of the issue, and we understand new procedures will be introduced to better manage campus tours. We want to reiterate our commitment to ensuring our public universities are open and welcoming to all students and hope that the young men [will] not be deterred in their pursuit of attending college in Colorado, a traditional homeland to many tribal nations."

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