Mount Rushmore protester has most charges against him dismissed

March 23, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Lakota activist who was arrested while leading a protest before former president Donald Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore last year says he has negotiated with prosecutors to drop most charges against him.

The charges carried a punishment of nearly 17 years in prison.

Nick Tilsen, the president of an Indigenous advocacy organization, tells The Associated Press that he will participate in a prison diversion program in exchange for all but one charge against him being dropped.

He cast the deal as a victory for Indigenous organizers who have been calling for land that once belonged to tribes to be returned to tribal control.