Demonstrators trot to Mount Rushmore before its reopening - KOTA Territory News

Demonstrators trot to Mount Rushmore before its reopening

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Mount Rushmore is opening back up thanks to donations from the state and private businesses but some people aren't too happy with how this reopening came about. Rangers were outside the Mount Rushmore Memorial Sunday still preparing for Monday's reopening. Donated funds will allow the monument to be open for ten days.

Cheryl Schreier the national park's superintendent, says they are ready for visitors."We'll have normal visiting hours. Our facilities, our visitor center, information center, concession operation and the parking facility will open at eight o'clock and welcome visitors back to mt. Rushmore."

The monument was also a place Sunday for demonstrators to show their disapproval of the reopening without federal assistance. Demonstrators traveled from Keystone to the monument in their cars and on horseback. Group members say they are displeased with the government closing national monuments that are meant for the people.

Jeff Johnson organized the demonstration to exercise his first amendment right. He said "we feel really good about it reopening, we don't  feel real good about the way it is you know, actually the Feds ain't reopening it, it's contribution from private entities and from other places and from the state." 

Mount Rushmore is opening Monday at 8 a.m. Officials are hoping they can be open for good and not have to close after ten days when the fund is used up.

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