August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, July 3, 2020

NDN Collective calls for closure of Mount Rushmore and for the Black Hills to be returned to the Lakota

Indigenous/Lakota youths in Rapid City July 2, 2020. Photo NDN Collective.

NDN Collective calls for closure of Mount Rushmore and for the Black Hills to be returned to the Lakota

By NDN Collective
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“Mount Rushmore is on stolen Lakota land and its very existence is a symbol of white supremacy,” says Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective President and CEO. “In opposing the ongoing desecration of our sacred land and asking for return of Lakota lands where Mount Rushmore is situated, we’re not saying anything that our parents, grandparents and great grandparents haven’t already said– The Lakota have opposed Mount Rushmore since the very beginning.”


On the heels of growing national protests in defense of Black lives, monuments of white supremacy are coming down. Local, state and national governments are being called upon to take down symbols of thinly veiled white supremacy, including monuments and statues wherein white historical figures who have caused grave harm to Black and Indigenous lives are exalted, from confederate statues, to statues of Christopher Columbus and brutal conquistadors like OƱate.

“When it comes to U.S. Presidents, what many Americans don’t realize is that the vast majority of them had policies devoted either to the complete annihilation or subjugation of Indigenous people,” says Sarah Sunshine Manning, NDN Collective Director of Communications and host of the While Indigenous podcast. “Even seemingly ‘good’ presidents like Abraham Lincoln aren’t known for the harm they’ve caused Indigenous people; Though Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he also ordered the largest mass execution in American history with the hanging of 38 Dakota men in 1862-- these were Indigenous people who were fighting for their lives.”

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