Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Rep. Dusty Johnson introduces legislation protecting Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) today introduced the Mount Rushmore Protection Act. This legislation prohibits the use of federal funds to alter, change, destroy or remove the likeness, the name of, or any of the faces on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

“These presidents championed the cause of freedom. Those seeking to remove these iconic faces are undermining the contributions these leaders made in pursuit of a more perfect union. Removal would do nothing to move our country forward,” said Johnson.

Earlier this week Governor Kristi Noem told “Fox & Friends”, “This is no longer about equality. This is a radical rewriting of our history and in South Dakota we won’t stand for it.”

Six Grandfathers is seen here before it was desecrated. On June 6, 1971 a group of Natives led by the American Indian Movement occupied the carved Mount Rushmore to demand the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty be honored.