Mount Rushmore July 4th fireworks: South Dakota governor sues Interior Dept. over denial of permit

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“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 (NPS) to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show,” Noem said in the release.

“Unfortunately, the new administration departed from precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation,” she continued, adding that she was asking a federal court to block the Interior Department’s “denial of the fireworks permit and order it to issue a permit for the event expeditiously.”

“Last year’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration was held safely and responsibly and had a huge positive impact on the South Dakota economy,” the release said.

The lawsuit comes after former President Donald Trump — of whom Noem has been a staunch ally — spoke at the monument last year for the Fourth of July.
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Interior, South Dakota – Wikipedia

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Town in South Dakota, United States

Interior (Lakota: makȟóšiča otȟúŋwahe;[7] “Badlands village”) is a town in Jackson County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 94 at the 2010 census.

Interior had its start in 1907 when the Milwaukee Railroad was extended to that point.[8]


Interior is located at 43°43′31″N 101°58′59″W / 43.72528°N 101.98306°W / 43.72528; -101.98306 (43.725197, -101.983114),[9] approximately one mile from Badlands National Park.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.35 square miles (3.50 km2), of which, 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[10]

Interior has been assigned the ZIP code 57750 and the FIPS place code 31620.


2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3]

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