Trump’s Mount Rushmore fireworks plan draws criticism from Native Americans

  • Native Americans view monument as desecration of stolen land
  • Activists planning protests for Trump’s Independence Day visit

Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people.

Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s 3 July visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest.

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