All Charges Dropped Against Mt. Rushmore Protesters Except NDN Collective's Nick Tilsen Who Must Fulfill Diversion Program
March 25, 2021
RAPID CITY, S.D. - According to a statement made by NDN Collective on March 22, 2021, the Pennington County State's Attorney's office proposed a dismissal of all criminal charges against individuals charged for an organized protest outside the Mount Rushmore National Memorial last July 3, 2020.
The demonstration was organized largely by NDN Collective, an Indigenous advocacy organization based in Rapid City, South Dakota, during a visit to the Black Hills by former President Trump, who defied coronavirus precautions by calling for large gatherings despite rising numbers of cases in South Dakota.
The demonstration led to the arrests of twenty adults and one juvenile by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. Most were charged with misdemeanors. One of the 21 arrested was a counter-protestor from Buckeye, Arizona.