WTF Mt Rushmore?


I came across a very interesting article today about Mt Rushmore in the LA Times
it's titled "The 10 things you probably didn't know about Mt Rushmore"
all ten items are interesting
but two items stuck out to me

6. Fourth of July fireworks? Nope. Every year in early July, the National Park Service does set off a big fireworks display above the presidents' heads. But for several years now, the fireworks have been staged on July 3. This unusual scheduling is intended as a way to prevent the show from conflicting with Independence Day celebrations in Rapid City and other neighboring communities. This year's show will start about 9:15 p.m.

10. Some people, including the U.S. Supreme Court, think the U.S. stole the Black Hills.
In 1868, long before the carving began, the U.S. government promised in a treaty to let the native Sioux Nation tribes keep the Black Hills, including the Rushmore area. But in 1874, gold was found in those hills (and confirmed by Lt. Col. George Custer). After that the U.S. government and prospectors grabbed the land back and forced the Lakota elsewhere.
On July 23, 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court found that land grab was unconstitutional and ordered federal compensation of more than $105 million to the Sioux to settle the case -- but Indian leaders said no, they'd rather have the Black Hills. Writing in 2007, Oglala Lakota Sioux journalist Tim Giago estimated that the unclaimed federal payment, counting interest, had grown to more than $757 million.



Not only does a National Park not celebrate the Fourth of July on the 4th, but apparently the US Government doesn't even own the land

see the rest of the list here

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