Native Americans mark 40th anniversary of reclaiming Mount Rushmore
By Jason Tarr
On this day in 1970, 23 Native Americans occupied the monument, some of them setting up camp for three months on top of the mountain. More than a century ago, the U.S. government set aside the Black Hills for the Sioux Tribe through the signing of the Fort Laramie Treaty. But, that land was taken by miners just about a decade later when gold was discovered there.
"The total consensus of the Sioux nation is we will never accept money for our sacred sites. We will never accept money for our burial sites," said Quanah Parker Brightman, Vice President of United Native Americans.
For more on Mt. Rushmore protests, see Indians Accosted Near Mt. Rushmore and Greenpeace Spotlights South Dakota. For more on Mt Rushmore in general, see Reactions to Natives at Mt. Rushmore and Baker to Become Parks' Tribal Representative.