Governor Noem discusses the lawsuit she filed to hold July fireworks at Mount Rushmore

KEYSTONE, S.D. — The Department of the Interior rejected the state’s application to stage fireworks; the feds say it’s due to fire conditions and opposition from Native American tribes.

Noem claims she was never given a reason.

She says there was already a signed agreement to hold the fireworks, and that by not giving the state its permits or a reason why the event can’t be held, she has a right to sue.

“There was no reason given as to why we can’t host the fireworks event. It wasn’t based on environmental issues, it wasn’t based on staffing issues or fire danger issues. It was just because they didn’t want us to have it,” said Noem.

Noem says she’s hopeful that the lawsuit will reach a resolution in time for the fireworks in July.

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