Ed Menard Ranger/National Park Service

The last living person who worked on the carving of Mount Rushmore has donated money to open the monument to the public. Don "Nick" and Carolyn Clifford joined 16 other businesses and groups each donating $15,200 per day. Governor Dennis Daugaard negotiated the deal with the National Park Service.

Because of the business and private donations, no state funds are being used. Today, Monday Oct. 14th, Native American Day, is being sponsored by the Mount Rushmore Society.

Xanterra Parks and Resorts Inc. has joined,  Rapid City CVB/BID Board, Black Hills Central Reservations, Wall Drug, Neiman Enterprises Inc., J. Scull Construction Service Inc., West River Foundation, ISIS Hospitality, Lawrence & Schiller, Lantis Enterprises Inc., MDU Resources, First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard, Avera Health, Sanford Health, and one anonymous donor, to keep the monument open.