Tribal leaders and organisations call for the removal of Mount Rushmore monument

Tribal leaders and organisations call for the removal of Mount Rushmore monument

Ahead of an Indigenous-led protest coinciding with President Donald Trump’s rally on 3 July in the Mount Rushmore memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, tribal leaders of the Great Sioux Reservation are calling for the US government to take steps to remove the monument. It has been a lasting “sign of disrespect” for the tribes, says the Oglala Sioux Tribe president, Julian Bear Runner. …

In a statement to The Art Newspaper, the Lakota People’s Law Project says that “there is no greater monument to colonial subjugation of Native peoples than Mount Rushmore, and the president’s plan to further desecrate this sacred ground with fireworks and his own, uninvited presence is yet another unforgivable affront”. The organisation adds, “It is time to reclaim or take down any and all racist monuments. As a society, we must show a commitment to ongoing respect for marginalised populations.” …

In a statement published on 20 June, the South Dakota governor Kristi Noem underlined the state’s stance on preserving the monument, writing that she has a message for those who threaten America’s “shrine of democracy”. “I have one simple message for you: not on my watch,” she writes.

By Gabriella Angeleti, The Art Newspaper

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