SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore is angering Native Americans, who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them.
Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of his “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and social unrest. But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe.
Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled around the nation.