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Mount Rushmore

The Black Hills
South Dakota

The single largest tourist attraction in South Dakota is Mount Rushmore National Monument. More than two million visitors a year visit the site.

Supervised by Sculptor Gutzon Borglum the monument was carved from 1927-1941 contains 60 foot likenesses of American Presidents Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, & Lincoln ... (President Coolidge insisted the monument contain Washington and 2 Republicans and 1 Democrat).

The monument is of huge controversy in the relationship of the United States to the Lakota (Sioux) .. Borglum chose Presidents who had a relationship to the unity and "manifest destiny" of the United States.
The Hills are a sacred place (Paha Sapa) to the Lakota .. and carving this mountain .. known to the Lakota as "Six Grandfathers" in seen by many as a very offensive symbol of the United States' conquest of the West.

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