2015 Native Americans' Day Celebration

Monday, October 12, 2015 Crazy Horse Memorial will host their annual Native Americans' Day celebration.

“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.” These were the words of South Dakota Governor George S. Mickelson at the very first Native Americans’ Day, which was hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial on October 8th, 1990. The event was attended by more than 1,200 people.

South Dakota is the only state that celebrates Native Americans’ Day on what the state formerly recognized as “Columbus Day.” Elsewhere, the day continues to be observed as Columbus Day. In 1989, the South Dakota State Legislature approved the change proposed by Governor Mickelson, who declared 1990 as a “Year of Reconciliation” and called for the first Native Americans’ Day observance to be held at Crazy Horse Memorial. Significant is the fact that 1990 also marked the 100th anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre.

In essence, Native Americans’ Day, which continues to be celebrated at Crazy Horse Memorial is about understanding that there is and has always been another side to American History. It was this side of the country’s history that Henry Standing Bear desired to have told and it was this side of the story that Korczak and Ruth Ziolkowski dedicated the better part of their lives to sharing with the world.

The Native Americans’ Day celebration at Crazy Horse each year includes naming the Crazy Horse Memorial Educator of the Year, honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to Native American education. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the recipient’s school library or to programs of his or her choice that help students.

In 2012, speaking about the concept of Native American Day, the late Ruth Ziolkowski commented, “Korczak would have loved it . . . because it shows how the cultures can share.”
This years celebration will include:
8 am to 3 pm - Hands-on Activities, fun for all ages!

10 am - Native Americans' Day Program, enjoy information from cultural leaders, prayers, Native American dance performance and the announcement of the Educator of the Year.

11:15 am - Blast on the Mountain (weather permitting)

1 pm - Native American Dance Performance by Starr Chief Eagle

Throughout the day you can experience:
Storyteller performances by Gus Yellow Hair & Lula Red Cloud.

South Dakota Fallen Heroes Banners on display in the Welcome Center.

FREE Buffalo Stew will be served following the blast in Laughing Water Restaurant until 4 pm. Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation would like to Thank Custer State Park for generously providing the buffalo meat for the stew.

Admission will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.

Join us Monday, October 12, 2015 and enjoy all the Crazy Horse Memorial has to offer. Visitors have the opportunity to see over 11,000 artifacts and contemporary pieces of artwork in the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®, a short introductory film detailing the history of the project, visit with Native American artists and much more. Don't forget to visit Bruno the Bison in the lower level of the NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURAL CENTER®.

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  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.