History

"My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also."

Chief Henry Standing Bear

Left. Korczak and Chief Henry Standing Bear in Connecticuit.

Right. Chief Henry Standing Bear as a student at Carlisle.

Chief Henry Standing Bear

Standing up for his people and alongside his new friend, Korczak Ziolkowski, the man whom he and his fellow Lakota leaders had chosen to carry out the monumental undertaking, Chief Henry Standing Bear shared a message of hope and reconciliation. On June 3rd, 1948, motioning toward Thunderhead Mountain, he conveyed to those in attendance that the newly...

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Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski

Without Korczak there would be no Crazy Horse Memorial®. Its history revolves around his own extraordinary story, which is reflected in his log studio-home, workshop and sculptural galleries at Crazy Horse. His life and work are an inspiration to many.

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Korczak Closeup

Ruth Ziolkowski

Ruth Ziolkowski was born Ruth Carolyn Ross to Frank and Lydia Ross on June 26, 1926, in West Hartford, Connecticut. She first met Korczak Ziolkowski at age 13 when she and a girlfriend mustered the courage to call the sculptor’s home in West Hartford seeking the...

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Ruth in front of Crazy Horse Memorial Face