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There’s nothing more American than fireworks at Mt. Rushmore on the Fourth of July. And for the third straight year, they won’t be happening — all thanks to President Joe Biden’s administration.
According to South Dakota NBC affiliate KNBN, the National Parks Service has declined to allow a permit for an Independence Day bash at the American landmark.
South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem announced the rejection on Twitter on Thursday.
According to the Daily Caller, a letter from Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent Michelle Wheatley to Wanda Goodman of the South Dakota Department of Tourism said that fireworks displays at Mount Rushmore “continue to be viewed by multiple Tribes as an adverse effect on the traditional cultural landscape.”
“This view was expressed by consulting [Native American] Tribes in 2020 and has been reaffirmed by Tribal government representatives in subsequent meetings and letters,” Wheatley wrote.
Noem had filed suit after the Biden administration rejected her application for a fireworks display in 2021, citing the Department of the Interior’s decision as “arbitrary,” according to KNBN.
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