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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:35 AM

"Never forget your dreams" - Crazy Horse

South Dakota was the first state to officially celebrate Native Americans’ Day each year on the second Monday in October. Elsewhere, the day is observed as Columbus Day.

The South Dakota Legislature established the Native Americans’ Day holiday at the urging of Gov. George S. Mickelson. He declared 1990 as a “Year of Reconciliation” and called for the first Native Americans’ Day observance to be held at Crazy Horse Memorial, where the likeness of the Lakota leader is being carved to honor the Native Americans.

At the first holiday gathering, held at Crazy Horse Memorial, Gov. Mickelson told more than 1,200 people, “We can’t turn back the clock. We can only turn to the future together. What we can do as leaders, both Native American and white, is teach others that we can change attitudes.”

https://crazyhorsememorial.org/

Standing Bear was determined. He would not rest until there was a memorial, which honored his people, was located in the Black Hills, and was equally large in scope and vision as the memorial being carved at Mt. Rushmore. At one point, he even approached Gutzon Borglum to advocate for a Native American addition to the Shrine of Democracy. Borglum likely dismissed the idea as no such addition transpired; however, in keeping with the legacy of persistence and advocacy that he created during his lifetime, Standing Bear refused to give up. His continued search would eventually lead him to prize-winning sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski . . .





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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:43 AM

1. We moved 11 miles from the Memorial 20+ years ago

At that time it was just an outline drawn on a mountain. Now it is really coming together.
Anyone coming to the Black Hills should go up to the visitors center. It's well worth the trip!

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:44 AM

2. The webpage says they get over a million visitors a year

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:51 AM

3. I don't doubt it

In the summer there are lines of cars going in.
When Ruth was alive she left the lights lit on Crazy Horse at night when our Custer High School football team had away games.
Once they returned the lights were turned off.
I now live south of Custer and don't drive by there as often so not sure if that tradition has continued.

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Mon Sep 7, 2015, 08:52 AM

4. Thanks for the info

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