November Activities at Crazy Horse
The annual salute to military veterans will include an 11 a.m. blast on the mountain carving on Sunday, Nov. 11. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski was a decorated U.S. Army sergeant who served in Europe during World War II.
World Diabetes Day
The Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carving will be bathed in blue light from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, to help put diabetes awareness in the spotlight.
Crazy Horse is among 400 landmarks worldwide participating in the “Blue Monument Challenge 2012,” one of many activities promoting World Diabetes Day, which is observed Nov. 14.
The international campaign draws attention to the escalating diabetes epidemic that affects 366 million people and kills a diabetic every seven seconds. Unless changes occur, diabetes cases are expected to grow by more than 50 percent by 2030.
Crazy Horse is dedicated to honoring and preserving Native American cultures. Government and academic studies say Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are 2.6 times more likely to suffer diabetes than other people of similar ages. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest recorded prevalence of diabetes in the world.
In South Dakota, 13.5 percent of Native Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 6.3 percent of whites, according to the state Department of Health.
American Indians have the highest diabetes death rate of any ethnic group in Nebraska and South Dakota.
Diabetes awareness advocates include Dennis Banks, an Ojibwe and diagnosed diabetic who helped lead “The Longest Walk” series of cross-country events. A co-founder of the American Indian Movement, he is a frequent visitor to Crazy Horse Memorial and a longtime friend of President-CEO Ruth Ziolkowski and her late husband, Korczak (1908-1982).
Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse is taking reservations for its 3rd annual Thanksgiving Day Feast, served at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.
The menu includes a triple (turkey, ham, roast beef) entrée buffet, salad bar and “scrumptious desserts.” Call 673-4681.