Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe chairman wants presidents removed from Mount Rushmore

Monument is located on sacred land, Harold Frazier says

For many Americans, the Mount Rushmore national memorial in the Black Hills is an inspiring destination, a shrine of democracy.

But for the Great Sioux Nation, the faces carved into its sacred land are a reminder of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier is calling for the removal of the American presidents carved into the sacred hills.

In a statement, Frazier said 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.

The chairman’s statement comes at a time where a global discussion is underway about monuments to former leaders.

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Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.