In another video of the event with “Like a Hurricane” playing, Young wrote, “I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux” and reiterated, “this is NOT ok with me.”
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” Young’s management company said then, noting that the singer was a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign.
The Canadian native said he began his path to US citizenship because he wanted to vote against Trump in the 2020 election.
Young is among a number of other iconic rockers who have an issue with Trump’s use of their music.
The President’s backdrop of Mount Rushmore, which features the faces of four American presidents, is carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota, a sacred place of spiritual and cultural significance to the native peoples of the area.
The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty established the Black Hills as part of the Great Sioux Reservation, according to the National Archives, but the lands were systematically taken by the US government after gold was discovered in the area in the 1870s.
On Friday, protesters, many holding signs demanding the land be returned to native people, blocked the entrance to Mount Rushmore prior to Trump’s event.
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Eric Levenson and Jason Hoffman contributed to this report.