Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) filed a lawsuit against officials in the Biden administration Friday, claiming the National Park Service “reneged” on an agreement that South Dakota could hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 4, as it did last year during a controversial appearance by President Trump.
Noem claims, in a statement released by her office, the Biden Administration "departed from precedent" and "reneged" on a Memorandum of Agreement between South Dakota and the NPS.
In the suit, Noem demands the court enjoin the Department of Interior's denial of South Dakota's request and "issue a permit for the event expeditiously."
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division.
"After telling us they'd 'circle back,' the Biden Administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show," said Noem.