Onsite & Outreach Education

Onsite & Outreach Education

The Onsite and Outreach initiatives involve curriculum development, collaboration, networking, relationship building, and special projects. Onsite education continues to be designed to enrich the visitor experience through value-added activities, hands-on experiences, and programming, while outreach education, which targets the entire state of South Dakota, continues to be designed to support tribes, organizations, schools, teachers, administrators, and communities through the offering of specialized information and activities. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to culture, history, leadership/team-building, and special projects.


The Onsite & Outreach initiative of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation seeks to:

  • Serve as a resource to educators and educational organizations.
  • Provide cultural and educational experiences to visitors
  • Develop distinctive educational projects in collaboration with communities


Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Educator of the Year Award

In 2003, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation created a tribute to American Indian teachers. The Crazy Horse Educator of the Year Award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to Native American education. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the library of the recipient’s school or to fund his or her special student projects. The award is announced annually at the Native American Day Celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial.

Past recipients include:

  • 2003 - Martin Red Bear Jr., resource specialist, Rapid City Central High School.
  • 2004 - Margery High Horse, fourth-grade teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, Porcupine, SD. Terrie Jo Gibbons received special recognition for her work as an art teacher for the Shannon County School District.
  • 2005 - Marlyce Miner, social studies instructor, Jefferson Academy, Rapid City Area Schools.
  • 2006 - Robert Cook, social studies instructor, Jefferson Academy, Rapid City Area Schools
  • 2007 - Earl Bullhead, Lakota language-cultural arts instructor, Lower Brule High School and Lower Brule Community College
  • 2008 - Judy Whirlwind Horse, fifth grade teacher, Cheyenne Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School
  • 2009 - Marcel Bull Bear, history-genealogy-Lakota culture instructor, Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD
  • 2010 - Harriet Brings, Lakota language-traditions teacher, North Middle School, Rapid City, SD
  • 2011 - Dr. Jason Murray, assistant professor of English, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma. A Choctaw-Chickasaw, Murray became the full-time Director of the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® in 2013.
  • 2012 - Barry Mann, high school principal, St. Francis Indian School, Rosebud Indian Reservation. A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member, originally from Marksville near the Missouri River's Oahe Dam.
  • 2013 - Thomas "Tom" Shortbull, President of Oglala Lakota College
  • 2014 - Christopher Bordeaux, Executive Director, Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium
  • 2015 – Charlie Luecke, Professor, Postsecondary Advisor, Internship Coordinator, Summer University at Crazy Horse Memorial
  • 2016 -Sergeant Todd Albertson, Freshman Impact Co-coordinator, South Dakota Highway Patrol - Northern Hills District.
  • “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.