Governor Noem challenges Ben & Jerry’s call for Mount Rushmore to be returned to Indigenous people

WATERTOWN, S.D.(KXLG)- A post shared by popular ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s  called for Mount Rushmore “to be returned to Indigenous people.”

On July 4, the company posted about the history of the land, its importance to the Lakota Sioux people, and broken treaties between them and the federal government.

In an interview with Fox News, Noem called the company “a bunch of liberal Vermont businessmen” who haven’t studied South Dakota’s history.

The Governor called Mount Rushmore the “greatest symbol of our Freedom.”

On Thursday, she also posted a photo on her Twitter account of Gov. Noem, the First Gentleman Bryon Noem, and several others at the Watertown Zesto location, implying it’s better than Ben and Jerry’s.