Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced in a press release Friday that he has reached an agreement with the National Park Service to reopen Mount Rushmore for the duration of the federal government shutdown.

“Visitors from around the world come to the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore, and I’m pleased that our nation’s Shrine to Democracy will be re-opened,” said Daugaard in the release. “I appreciate the willingness of the National Park Service to partner with us to operate the monument.” 

The National Park Service will charge the state $15,200 per day to operate the monument. The monument will reopen Monday at 8 a.m.

The following have offered to “buy a day” of operation of Mount Rushmore:

  • ISIS Hospitality
  • The Mount Rushmore Society
  • Rapid City CVB/BID Board
  • Black Hills Central Reservations
  • West River Foundation
  • Lawrence & Schiller
  • Lantis Enterprises, Inc.
  • Neiman Enterprises, Inc.
  • J. Scull Construction Service, Inc.
  • Avera Health,
  • First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
  • MDU Resources
  • Sanford Health
  • Wall Drug, and
  • One anonymous donor

(9) comments

ResponsibleCitizen
ResponsibleCitizen

When the increase in the debt limit is ultimately approved, Obama has promised that government employees laid off during this shutdown will receive their back pay. Who gets this payment? The businesses that stepped up or the government employees?

Obtuseangler
Obtuseangler

If the state is paying the staff, the state keeps all of the parking, restaurant, and vending income, right? Not likely. And whatever is paid to the feds will be withheld by the state from federal income tax payments, right? No. The federal government was formed to serve the states and the people. Whatever caused that relationship to become inverted, other than the federal government dispensing moneys it either takes in the form of taxes or borrows for the people to pay back? The federal leviathan needs to become a minnow. That is not being radical. That is what the original intent was. The states feared that a central government would become too large and powerful, and sought to restrict it's scope through the constitution and the bill of rights. The courts allowed the intent of these documents to be run over. We see the result. "Federal" lands need to returned to the states. Kudos to the Governor for standing up for the people of his state, especially with reopening public hunting land. Also for not initiated an ACA exchange of falling for the Medicaid/Medicare expansion at taxpayer expense. We have a good one.

alaskaman
alaskaman

THANK YOU THANK YOU!we made reservations a month ago coming from Indiana for this next week....and you have made our trip to the Black Hills now worth it! THANK YOU to the Governor for stepping in..

Indiana Folks

bjort_bjornagin
bjort_bjornagin

If the feds relinquish, it goes directly to the Lakota since it's their land. The better solution is to honor the treaties made by this so called "Christian" nation and give the land back to it's owners. If Jefferson were alive today, he blow his face off that mountain and go live on Pine Ridge with real people.

7th Sun
7th Sun

I wonder if there would be a way to put Mt Rushmore into permanent state control, I'm sure the state of South Dakota would do a much better job than the federal govt. Or better yet private control under a trust with a board of directors would be the way to go.

raisinbran
raisinbran

NOBODY can take care of our national treasures like the NPS. Can we all just applaud how the state and federal government are working together with the help from private companies? This is a good move for a lot of people.

jillb
jillb

I agree, raisinbran!

Shorty
Shorty

Do we really need the federal government for anything beside national defense? We could hire the military to defend the country and let the states do the rest, give all of the federal politicians their walking papers.

Buck
Buck

Absolutely correct Shorty. I may go a step father and privatize the whole country.

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