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Native Americans to protest Trump's Mount Rushmore visit
Native Americans to protest Trump's Mount Rushmore visit

Washington, June 28 (TIWN) Native American groups are planning to protest against President Donald Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore at the start of the Fourth of July weekend, a media report said on Friday.

Activists have long taken issue with the South Dakota monument to former US presidents, which was built on land sacred to the Sioux tribe.  Mr Trump will bring fighter jets and fireworks to Mount Rushmore on 3 July as his campaigning tour continues.  The controversial trip comes amid heightened racial tensions nationwide.  Mount Rushmore features the 60ft (18.2m) high faces of four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.  The monument was carved into the granite rock face between 1927 and 1941.  But the land the memorial lies on - the Black Hills of South Dakota - was taken from the indigenous Lakota Sioux by the US government in 1800s.  Its sculptor was reportedly a white supremacist with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

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