Employee Recognition

The mission of protecting, honoring and preserving the history, culture and living heritage of all North American Indian peoples is an immense responsibility. No one takes that responsibility more seriously than the dedicated staff of Crazy Horse Memorial. In 2015 the state of South Dakota awarded 19 Great Service Awards to the staff of Crazy Horse Memorial. Please join us in thanking our staff for their continued commitment to excellence.

2015 South Dakota Great Service Award Winners

  • Sonja John
    Visitor Services
  • Morgan Catlett-Ausborn
    Assistant Director of Education
  • Richard Merz
    Visitor Services
  • Terry DeRouchey
    Vice President of Visitor Services
  • John Cunningham
    Van Driver
  • Randy Janis
    Kitchen Manager
  • Terry Seeger
    Visitor Services
  • James Putney
    Visitor Services
  • Susan Young
    Visitor Services
  • Nora Spillman-Green
    Bus to Base Attendant
  • Jadwiga Ziolkowski
    CEO Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
  • Cleve Janis
    Education Coordinator
  • Tom Wilson
    Visitor Services
  • Joanne Sutton
    Development Associate
  • Amanda Allcock
    Director of Sales
  • Jim Hattervig
    Visitor Services
  • Bob Bunch
    Van Driver
  • Larry Bauer
    Visitor Services
  • Larry Hoegermeyer
  • Lou Ann Delaney
    Assistant to Vice President of Visitor Services

Laurie Becvar, President/COO Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation & Joanne Sutton, Development Associate

Jadwiga Ziolkowski, CEO Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation & Amanda Allcock, Director of Sales

Terry DeRouchey, Vice President of Visitor Services & Lou Ann Delaney, Assistant to Vice President of Visitor Services

Laurie Becvar, President/COO Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation & Terry DeRouchey, Vice President of Visitor Services

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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.