Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills still belong to the Great Sioux Nation. The Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868 established the Great Sioux Reservation plus additional lands in Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. This included the Black Hills. Paha Sapa (Black Hills) is sacred to the Sioux. In 1980 the United States Supreme Court found the United States had illegally stolen the Black Hills and other land designated in the Treaty of 1868. Financial compensation that now exceeds $1.2 billion was offered. It was refused as they want the land. Technically the Black Hills still belongs to the Great Sioux Nation. To make matters worse, the carving of the faces on Mt Rushmore defaced a mountain holy to the Sioux. The mountain upon which the faces were carved is/was known to the Sioux as the Six Grandfathers. We have defaced one of their most holy monuments on their sacred land, and we’re going to celebrate doing so on July 4th weekend. Think about that.