Mount Rushmore spokesman Navnit Singh tells the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal’s Kevin Woster, here, that Baker has been working part-time since Dec. 31, and will return full time on Tuesday.
John Scott, who has been acting superintendent at the memorial, will stay on temporarily to work on special projects before returning to Pea Ridge Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.
Baker spoke Tuesday evening in Belle Fourche to participants in the Fort Robinson Outbreak Spiritual Run, on the topic of facing challenge and adversity, Woster reports.
Baker, who is Mandan and Hidatsa and whose past Park Service experience includes tenure at the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana and the Knife River Indian Villages in North Dakota, is well-known – and sometimes controversial – for his insistence upon including presentations of Native history and culture at his various postings.
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