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Native American sculpture project in Rapid City denied

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A Native American sculpture garden project will not be going forward as planned. In a four to three vote the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board denied the First Nations Sculpture Garden project planned for Halley Park.

A crowd of people showed up to listen and voice their opinions about the project. Some say they liked the idea of the sculptures but thought the location, with no parking and busy streets, was not ideal.

Those for the project say it wasn't meant to be a tourist attraction but a place to reflect on Native American history. They also say a Native American Museum at the same location did well there.    

"Some of the people on the board were saying it's not the right spot because of the location and the traffic and everything. It all boils down to we're Native Americans and we're asking for something they're not going to give us," said Tim Giago of Rapid City.  

"I think the sculpture garden looks like it would be a beautiful, wonderful project but this is not the right location," said MArgie Jurrens of Hermosa.

People against the proposed project say a better location for the sculpture garden would be near the Journey Museum.

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