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KEYSTONE, SD - OCTOBER 01: A tourist takes a picture of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from outside the park on October 1, 2013 in Keystone, South Dakota. Mount Rushmore and all other national parks were closed today after congress failed to pass a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job. A bulletin issued by the Department of Interior states, "Effective immediately upon a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service will take all necessary steps to close and secure national park facilities and grounds in order to suspend all activities ...Day use visitors will be instructed to leave the park immediately..." (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Governor of South Dakota is rejecting any proposal to do away with Mount Rushmore.

Going viral on Twitter are demands to remove monuments of presidents who were slave owners, and one conservative expert was wondering if Mount Rushmore would be next.

Governor Kristi Noem responded to the tweet saying “not on my watch.” The monument is also controversial because Native Americans were once given the Black Hills in a treaty, before gold was discovered, and the Lakota were forced to give the land back.

I imagine that the monument brings a lot of tourism for the state, so hopefully the decisions are being made for what’s best for the people, and not the financial interests of the state.

Source: KOTA