Date set for arguments in Mount Rushmore fireworks case

Noem FireworksPIERRE, S.D. — A date has now been set to hear arguments in Governor Kristi Noem’s lawsuit against the Department of the Interior regarding fireworks shows at Mount Rushmore.

The DoI and State of South Dakota will join the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in St. Louis on January 12, 2022 to present their arguments.

Back in April, Governor Noem filed suit against the DoI, alleging that the National Park Service gave no reason to deny the permit. Noem called the denial “arbitrary and capricious.”

When denying the permit, the Regional NPS Director cited COVID-19 concerns, tribal opposition, perchlorates in the water, wildfire concerns, and the on-going construction at the memorial, which would not have been complete by July.

On June 2,  a U.S. District Court Judge had ruled against the governor’s lawsuit. Then in August, Noem filed the first brief in her appeal of the federal decision.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism in September submitted its application for a special use permit to the National Parks Service on behalf of Governor Noem to have fireworks at Mount Rushmore in 2022.

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