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The untold story of Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore by STEPHEN A CARTER
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: September 29, 2013      Views: 79

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Long years before the white man came
A sacred mountain had a name.
Bald and blistered by heat and frost,
Six granite peaks by treaty lost.

The Black Hills of South Dakota,
Stolen from the proud Lakota,
Became the site of discontent,
Who would the mountain represent?

Natives, cowboys, Buffalo Bill?
Perhaps men with an iron will.
And so four presidents were carved,
From chest to head while natives starved.

Lincoln, Roosevelt, Jefferson
Aligned beside George Washington.
Chiseled by Borglum with great care,
A nation's soul emerged to stare.

And as they gaze from Mount Rushmore,
Perhaps they know what lies in store.
For nearby on a granite course,
Is carved the greater 'Crazy Horse'.


Author Notes
Mount Rushmore is controversial among Native Americans because the United States seized the area from the Lakota tribe after the Great Sioux War of 1876. The Treaty of Fort Laramie from 1868 had previously granted the Black Hills to the Lakota in perpetuity. Members of the American Indian Movement led an occupation of the monument in 1971, naming it "Mount Crazy Horse".
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