The Dream"My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, also" – Chief Henry Standing Bear
The Promise"The story of the Native American is an epic which requires an epic scale...By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give the Indian some of his pride and create the means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwhile." – Korczak Ziolkowski
An Inspiring Past | A Bright FutureThis Memorial began as a dream. The work was initiated with a handshake and a promise.
The promise of Korczak to Chief Henry Standing Bear produced a commitment for a family.
In the beginning there were no roads, no running water, no electricity. There was only $174, a tent and a strong will.
Holes for explosives on the mountain were drilled by hand.
From the start, there was a commitment not to seek nor take tax dollars, based on a belief in the free enterprise system and the generosity of the American people.
Korczak turned his back on a life of economic success for a life of service to others. The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation perpetuates those values as the dream continues.
Crazy Horse Memorial has been a nonprofit 501(c) (3) foundation since November, 1949. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible under IRS guidelines and help to support the Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
The Mission of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition and living heritage of the North American Indians. The Foundation demonstrates its commitment to this endeavor by following these objectives:
- Continuing the progress on the world's largest sculptural undertaking by carving a Memorial of Lakota leader Crazy Horse;
- Providing educational and cultural programming to encourage harmony and reconciliation among all people and nations;
- Acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; Establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.
The Progress:The Mountain Carving
Crazy Horse mountain carvers recently mapped out their future on the far side of the Mountain.
In preparing to create the artistic details, the crew painted the outline of the extended hand, using reference points transferred from computer models and checked with the latest surveying equipment. The hand will be supported by the mane atop the colossal horse’s head.
• The hand will be about 25 feet tall.
• The extended left index finger, resting on the horse’s mane for stability, will be nearly 29 ½ feet long.
• The horse’s head, when completed, will be 219 feet tall. (Taller than the statue of Liberty from base to torch)
We are currently removing the rock to craft the hand, a measuring boom similar to one used in creating the carved face has been built and installed at the end of the extended arm.
Korczak's vision extended beyond the mountain carving. In 1978, Korczak began a scholarship program with just $250 to start the educational portion of the dream. Korczak called it a "modest effort now toward the future, long-range educational goals of Crazy Horse. Scholarships have surpassed 2 million dollars!
INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®
Welcoming its inaugural class in June 2010, the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® at Crazy Horse became operational. The summer educational program, offered in partnership with University of South Dakota, provides students with the opportunity to earn up to 12 transferable college credits. In addition, students participate in paid internships at the Memorial, giving them the chance to earn funds for continued college expenses and gain valuable work experience.
INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA®
The INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® is home to an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of the American Indian people. The museum, designed to complement the story being told in stone on the mountain, speaks eloquently to present and future generations about American Indian life.