Cheyenne River Tribe files motion to intervene in Noem’s Mt. Rushmore fireworks lawsuit
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe announced on Tuesday that they have filed a motion to intervene in the legal battle between South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding fireworks at Mount Rushmore.
They say that Noem falsely claimed that both the State of South Dakota and the federal government consulted with tribal governments regarding the impact of holding fireworks at Mount Rushmore.
“While the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is well-aware that no state or federal government ever takes consultation with Tribal nations seriously, this incident of utilizing a politically appointed state office of tribal relations to negate serious consultations with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is indicative of policies detrimental for government-to-government relationships to continue in good faith.”
The Department of Interior previously rejected the state’s application to hold fireworks due to fire conditions and opposition from Native American tribes, however, Noem says there was already a signed agreement to hold fireworks. She filed a lawsuit against the DOI on April 30 over the cancellation.