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Should Mount Rushmore be taken down?

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier called for the removal of Mt. Rushmore in a statement, saying Mt. Rushmore depicts the "faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal." The land where Mt. Rushmore was carved was stolen from the Lakota tribe in the 1870s by prospectors—more than 100 years later, a 1980 Supreme Court decision ruled the land was illegally taken and the tribes had to be compensated. However, others like the Republican Governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem, argue that historical figures are imperfect people—instead it should be contextualized and used as an opportunity to teach visitors about the true history behind the monument. 

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Here's the statement from Chairman Frazier on why Mt. Rushmore should be removed. The Black Hills, where Mt. Rushmore is located, are sacred to and were stolen from the Lakota people. 

Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty then the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore. We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogant, and fire hoping our sacred lands will survive. This brand on our flesh needs to be removed and I am willing to do it for free of charge to the United States, by myself if I must. 
Visitors look upon the faces of those presidents and extoll the virtues that they believe make America the country it is today. Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people whose only crime was living on the land they wanted to steal. 
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Governor Noem has made it clear that her and the state's position is that Mt. Rushmore will stay exactly where it is. In a statement posted on the official South Dakota state website, Noem had this to say:

Now we’re seeing threats to Mount Rushmore. To those who would threaten America’s Shrine of Democracy, I have one simple message for you: Not on my watch.
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I want to make one thing clear: the men honored on Mount Rushmore weren’t perfect; nobody is. They all had flaws. But they all had tremendous virtues as well, and they did incredible things for our country. Today, America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and that is in no small part thanks to each president memorialized on Mount Rushmore. We can learn from their successes, and we can also learn from their mistakes. And in doing so, we must continue to fight for the American ideal that each of them spent their lives striving for: “All men are created equal.”
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