University caps its 3rd summer program
Native American and non-Native students from six states completed accredited entry-level college courses in American Indian studies, algebra, college preparation and English. The students also worked paid internships at Crazy Horse during the 8½-week session to help cover their education expenses.
Instructors this summer included program director Dr. Jason Murray and Charlie Luecke of The University of South Dakota faculty and Jill Trimble from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Two Oglala Lakotas on the Crazy Horse staff, Harriet Brings and Cleve Janis, served as mentors. The group recently posed for the traditional yearly class picture with the carved face of Crazy Horse.
The summer educational program, co-sponsored by Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and USD, provides students with up to 14 transferable credits. Those academic points will apply to whatever degree the students pursue at the college, university or vocational school of their choice.
The $5 million Crazy Horse Centennial Fund endowment established by Muffy and Paul Christen of Huron, SD, funds the summer program. Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford provided the university’s $2.5 million Living and Learning Center.