Governor Kristi Noem Suing Biden Administration For Blocking Independence Day Celebration

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Joe Biden may have overstepped his bounds, and it just so happens in doing so he is punishing a state that voted for Donald Trump and a governor who has been one of his biggest opponents.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said in a series of tweets that the Biden Administration is blocking its annual Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore and she said she is suing, MyJournalCourier reported.

“Mount Rushmore is the very best place to celebrate America’s birthday and all that makes our country special. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration cancelled our Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. So we’re suing them to get the fireworks bac,” she said to begin the series of tweets.

“After telling us they’d ‘circle back’” the Biden Administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum of Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the new administration departed from precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation. We’re asking the court to enjoin Interior’s denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously,” she said.

The Republican governor successfully pushed last year for a return of the pyrotechnic display after a decadelong hiatus. The event drew national attention when former President Donald Trump joined Noem on July 3 to give a fiery speech. But the state’s application to hold fireworks this year was denied by the National Park Service, which cited safety concerns and objections from local Native American tribes.

Noem’s lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for South Dakota, argues that the decision was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the powers granted to the agency in the Constitution. The state last year signed an agreement with the Trump administration and the Department of the Interior to work towards returning the pyrotechnic display this year.

Mount Rushmore is a huge tourism draw for the state, but it has also been a source of tension between the state and local Lakota tribes. Local activists have called for the monument to be returned to tribal control, pointing out the surrounding Black Hills were taken from the tribes in violation of treaties.

Last year Noem was on Fox News when she invited Americans to join her at the 2020 celebration and she announced that Donald Trump would be there.

“Those who want to come and join us, we will give out free masks if they choose to wear one, but we won’t be social distancing. We are asking them to come be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties we have in this country, and to talk about our history. And what it brought us today was an opportunity to raise our kids in the greatest country in the world,” she said on Fox News.

And President Trump used the speech to fight back against the lunatic left wingers and the mobs who want to ruin American history.

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“Our Nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” the president said to a crowd of more than 7,000 people.

“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities,” he said.

“They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive,” the president said. “But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”