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Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Educator of the Year Award

In 2003, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation created a tribute to American Indian educators. 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 fund the recipient’s student projects that make an impact.  The award is announced annually at the Native Americans’ Day Celebration at Crazy Horse Memorial®.

If you know someone that you would like to nominate for the Crazy Horse Memorial Educator of the Year Award, please fill out this nomination form and return it to or mail to Cultural Programs Manager, 12151 Ave. of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900


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. Murray served as the full-time Director of The Indian University of North America® from 2013-2015
  • 2012 - Barry Mann, High School Principal, St. Francis Indian School, Rosebud Indian Reservation
  • 2013 - Thomas "Tom" Shortbull, President of Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD
  • 2014 - Christopher Bordeaux, Executive Director, Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium
  • 2015 - Charlie Luecke, Professor, Postsecondary Advisor, Internship Coordinator, The Indian University of North America® Summer Program at Crazy Horse Memorial®
  • 2016 - Sergeant Todd Albertson, Freshman Impact Co-coordinator, South Dakota Highway Patrol - Northern Hills District
  • 2017 - Vaughn Vargas, Rapid City Police Department, Rapid City, SD
  • 2018 - Starr Chief Eagle, Hoop Dance Extraordinaire, Educator from Rapid City, SD
  • 2019 - Whitney A. Rencountre II, Director of Ateyapi Program, Educator, Rapid City, SD
  • 2020 - Jill D. Kessler, Certified School Counselor at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, Eagle Butte, SD
  • 2021 - Jace DeCory, Professor Emeritus of Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD
  • 2022 - Dr. Joseph Marshall III, Fulltime Writer, Former Educator and University Administrator, Mission, SD