The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota will hold a Naturalization Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Monday, June 21, at 11 am in which approximately 50 people will become new American citizens. The ceremony will be held in the Amphitheater and is sponsored by the Mount Rushmore Society. The last time a Naturalization Ceremony was held at Mount Rushmore was in 2018.
United States District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken will preside and give remarks. Representatives of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and an Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard will participate in the ceremony.
The Dakota Choral Union will perform. Additionally, Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s Superintendent Michelle Wheatley, Mount Rushmore Society President Aaron Galloway, and the USCIS District 32 Director David M. Douglas will make special presentations to the new citizens.
Following the ceremony, Pennington County Auditor Cindy Mohler will be available for voter registration on the Grand View Terrace. Registration will be open to all eligible South Dakota voters, not just those from Pennington County.
The public is invited to attend this celebration of citizenship. The ceremony is free. There is a $10 parking fee per car.