About a dozen Oglala Sioux treaty defenders and other protesters were arrested on Friday after blocking traffic on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore ahead of President Tweety McTreason’s Independence Day speech at the monument.
The protesters contend that the Black Hills, where Mount Rushmore is located, is unceded territory in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and acknowledged by a 1980 Supreme Court ruling in the United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians.
“It is their land according to the U.S. government, according to the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in 1980 that the original Laramie Treaty of 1868 was not held up by the U.S. government, the U.S. government did not hold up their end of the bargain,” MSNBC’s Cal Perry said on Friday while covering the protest.
“That treaty ended a lot of the conflict in the northwestern part of this country, it wasn’t even fully formed at that point, but these Black Hills were given to the Lakota people, and it was less than ten years later when people searching for gold came across these hills and the Lakota people were starved and killed and run out of these hills, and ever since then they’ve been on reservations and they’ve been fighting for their land back,” he added.
“So you had this very ugly and frankly, very sad scene where, as folks were being taken away and they were under arrest, you had Trump supporters yelling at them, ‘Go home, go home!’ and you had these Native American protesters, activists yelling back, ‘This is my home, this is my land!’ and I think there’s just not a common understanding between the two groups of each other,” Perry explained.
Oh my God some Trump supporters actually told the Lakota to “go home” at their protest today, on their land. pic.twitter.com/5FnepM9LX2
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) July 4, 2020
Oglala Lakota tribe member Nick Tilsen says Mount Rushmore is a “symbol of white supremacy.”
“When you carve out four white men who were colonizers, who committed genocides against indigenous people … and for that to be okay in society today is fundamentally wrong.” pic.twitter.com/mrnM4RJgpC
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 3, 2020