Crazy Horse Memorial® Celebrates 75 Years
January 29, 2023
It has been 75 years since the first blast began to reveal the likeness of Lakota leader Crazy Horse in the granite on Thunderhead Mountain in southwestern South Dakota. Over the years, as the sculpture began to take shape, so did the mission of the Memorial. “We are excited to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Crazy Horse Memorial,”
GIT HOAN Dancers (People of the Salmon) return to Crazy Horse Memorial®
January 08, 2023
Git Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon) will return to Crazy Horse Memorial® on January 28, 2023, for a one-time performance at 4:00pm in the Welcome Center Theater. Seating is limited, so please arrive early!
Nominations Open for the 2023 for the Crazy Horse Memorial Educator of the Year
November 19, 2022
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 email@example.com or mail to Cultural Programs Manager, 12151 Ave. of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900
2022 Rifle Raffle Ticket Drawn
October 22, 2022
The winning ticket for the rifle was drawn on October 20, 2022. #0162 is the lucky number.
Dr. Joseph Marshall III Awarded 2022 Crazy Horse Memorial® Educator of the Year
October 17, 2022
Dr. Joseph Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota) has been awarded the 2022 Crazy Horse Memorial® Educator of the Year Award and the organization that received the $1,000 grant is Lakota Youth Development, Inc.
Winning Ticket for the Motorcycle Drawn #5553
September 06, 2022
We are excited to announce that the winning ticket for the motorcycle #5553 was drawn. Ticket holder was from Arkansas.
New CEO for Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Named
July 26, 2022
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Names Whitney Rencountre II New CEO - Member of Crow Creek Hunkpati Dakota Nation
2022 Cultural Programing Starts
May 30, 2022
Crazy Horse Memorial®: Memorial Day kicks off the 2022 Cultural Programming season
CHMF President and COO Becvar Resigns
March 12, 2022
Crazy Horse Memorial®: Announcement of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation President/COO Dr. Laurie Becvar Resignation
Crazy Horse Memorial®: Building on a Dream Event
January 14, 2022
Crazy Horse Memorial Event – Building on a Dream to be Hosted by Mountain View Pub in Cave Creek, AZ By Invitation Only Event to Raise Funds for Continuation of the World’s Largest Mountain Carving
Crazy Horse Memorial®: New Interim CEO Announcement
January 01, 2022
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s Board Chair Steve Helmers announced that the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors accepted Monique Ziolkowski’s request to step down from her position as CEO of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
2022 Motorcycle Raffle Tickets on Sale
December 06, 2021
The 2022 Motorcycle Raffle Tickets are on sale now. Call and get your tickets today 605-673-4681.
Crazy Horse Memorial®: SOUTH DAKOTA GIVES on Tuesday, November 30th!
November 27, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial®: SOUTH DAKOTA GIVES on Tuesday, November 30th! What's a Day of Giving?
Crazy Horse Memorial Draws Attention to Living Mission in Indian Country
October 31, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial Draws Attention to Living the Mission and Carving the Mountain is the Smallest task as the Mission is so Much Larger.
Crazy Horse Memorial© Announces 2021 Educator of the Year Jace DeCory
October 11, 2021
Each year on Native Americans’ Day, Crazy Horse Memorial honors a worthy educator with the award of Educator of the Year - and this year, it is our pleasure to award someone who is well-known for her lifelong connections to American Indian elders whose teachings she has shared with students throughout the region.
Crazy Horse Memorial® Supports Local Native American-Owned HeSapa Enterprises
September 26, 2021
In what is rapidly becoming a holiday tradition, locally-owned Native American business HeSapa Enterprises has created the exclusive Crazy Horse Memorial® holiday ornaments. HeSapa Enterprises works closely with Korczak’s Heritage, Inc., which operates the Crazy Horse Memorial® gift shop. HeSapa has made hundreds of laser-engraved ornaments for Crazy Horse Memorial® annual holiday fundraising efforts for over four years.
A SPECIAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE - CRAZY HORSE and KORCZAK - Monday, September 6th
August 08, 2021
On Monday,September 6th, Crazy Horse Memorial will hold a special day of remembrance for two great men - Crazy Horse and Korczak Ziolkowski please join us for a day of special events, activities and surprise programming. The normally scheduled fall pyrotechnic display - our Night Blast on the Mountain event - will not take place this year.
Crazy Horse Memorial’s Horn Chips Collection Introduces Schoolchildren to the Real Crazy Horse
June 06, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial® marked a significant milestone in May when it welcomed its first school group to view the Horn Chips Collection in The Indian Museum of North America®. Thirty-six students and six teachers traveled from the Pine Ridge Reservation’s Batesland School on Friday, May 21 to learn more about Crazy Horse through the medicines a holy man made for the Lakota leader more than 150 years ago.
Crazy Horse Memorial’s Full Tribal Flags Collection is Now on Display for the Public
June 06, 2021
This spring, Crazy Horse Memorial® added 44 tribal flags to its displays in the Cultural Center and covered porch area, bringing the total number of flags on view to 138. While the Memorial has collected tribal nations’ flags for decades, this is first time they’ve all been available to the public.
Artist in Residence for May
May 02, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial® is pleased to announce Rosebud Lakota artist Starr Chief Eagle as the Artist in Residence for the month of May
80% of 7th Gen Program Participants are Currently Enrolled in Higher Education or Have Graduated
April 05, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial announced today that 80 percent of past participants in its 7th Gen Summer Program have completed college or are currently enrolled in higher education, an increase of 3 percent over last year.
Crazy Horse Memorial® Announces The Indian University of North America’s New Leadership Team
February 23, 2021
Crazy Horse Memorial announced today that the Indian University of North America has a new leadership team for 2021. They include Director Joshua Rudnik, Associate Director Whitney A. Rencountre, and Manager of Residence Life Nathaniel “Nate” Watahomigie. Photo: L-R: Associate Director Whitney A. Rencountre, Director Joshua Rudnik, and Manager of Residence Life Nathaniel "Nate" Watahomigie.)
First class of students complete Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Program
January 09, 2021
The first class of students to enroll in the new Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Program recently completed the semester-long experience offered through a unique partnership between South Dakota State University and The Indian University of North America of Crazy Horse Memorial. The new program provides students with a unique, immersive academic experience grounded in Native philosophy.
Call to Artists for 2021
December 28, 2020
Applications for 2021 Cultural Programs at Crazy Horse Memorial® are now open! Native American artists, performers, storytellers, and culture bearers from anywhere in North America are invited to apply to share their culture to thousands of local, national, and international visitors.
Holiday Festive Light Show Returns for 2020
December 15, 2020
Holiday, Festive Light Show Returns In Vibrant Color December 15 – Crazy Horse, SD Find holiday cheer at Crazy Horse Memorial® with the annual Festive Light Show December 16 through January 3. This fun event will delight the entire family.
2020 Giving Opporunities Offer Help and Hope
December 12, 2020
CRAZY HORSE, SD (Dec. 11, 2020) — Crazy Horse Memorial announced today that individuals and corporations have access to a variety of ways to support the Memorial in December. The Memorial also reported that many friends have already provided generous support through an unconventional channel.
2021 Gun Raffle is Open
November 22, 2020
A. Uberti Rifle 1873 SR Limited Edition .45/20" is the rifle that Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation will be raffling in 2021 on October 20, 2021. All proceeds to benefit Crazy Horse memorial Foundation and tickets are one for $10.00 or three for $25.00. Please call to learn more or get your tickets.
The 2021 Motorcycle Raffle has Opened
November 22, 2020
A beautiful White Smoke 2020 Indian® Challenger Dark Horse was chosen for this year's motorcycle raffle. Winner will be drawn September 6, 2021 and all proceeds to benefit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. One ticket $20.00 or three tickets for $50.00. Call for more information or to buy a ticket.
Crazy Horse Memorial Announces New Board Officers & Directors
November 17, 2020
The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s board of directors has announced the names of its new officers, as well as the addition of four new board directors. The new officers are Chair Steve Helmers of Rapid City, South Dakota; Vice Chair Joe DuBray of Sandy, Utah, an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe; Treasurer Lloyd Sohl of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Secretary Roger Broer of Hill City, South Dakota, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Crazy Horse Memorial® Participates in the 3rd Annual South Dakota Day of Giving
November 17, 2020
Join us Tuesday December 1, 2020. What's a Day of Giving? #GivingTuesday is a statewide philanthropy effort to celebrate 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, like Crazy Horse Memorial®, to help raise awareness of and support for our work.
Winning Ticket for the 2020 Rifle Raffle Drawn
October 20, 2020
The winning ticket #13658 for the 2020 Limited Edition A. Uberti Rifle 1873SR .45 20' was drawn today. David Pond from Washington was the lucky holder of the ticket.
Crazy Horse Memorial Seeks Director of Programs for the Indian University of North America®
September 25, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial Seeks Director of Programs for The Indian University of North America Crazy Horse Memorial is currently accepting applications and nominations for the Director of Programs for The Indian University of North America.
Pamyua Special Performer
September 13, 2020
Pamyua Special Performer at Crazy Horse Memorial®, Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the Veranda Stage.
Crazy Horse Memorial Will Host Special Two-Day Volksmarch
September 08, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial has announced that it will host its annual Autumn Volksmarch on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. This expanded two-day event, held in conjunction with the Black Hills Volkssport Association, takes place the same weekend as Custer State Park’s Buffalo Round-Up. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is a 10K (6.2-mile) organized hike to top of the world’s largest mountain carving in South Dakota’s southern Black Hills. Each year, Crazy Horse Memorial hosts spring and fall events; this year, due to the unfortunate outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the team cancelled the Spring Volksmarch.
30th Annual Gift From Mother Earth Art Show and Sale
September 07, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial® will host the 30th Annual Gift From Mother Earth Art Show and Sale September 18-20, 2020. The Native American, Western Art Show and Sale will take place in The Indian Museum of North America®.
Winner of the 2020 Motorcycle Raffle Drawn!
September 06, 2020
Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Motorcycle Raffle. Ticket number: 6270 The winner is from Tyler, TX. Thank you to all who purchased tickets to support the Memorial. Again, congrats to the winner!!
Crazy Horse Memorial Hosts 2nd Annual Medicine Wheel Riders and Showcases MMIW Display
August 29, 2020
CRAZY HORSE, S.D. (Aug. 28, 2020) — Earlier this month, at the request of organizers, the Crazy Horse Memorial welcomed the 2nd annual Medicine Wheel Ride to its cultural and educational complex in the Black Hills. On that Sunday, Aug. 9, indigenous riders and their friends, including Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen, gathered at sacred Bear Butte for a short ceremony and bike blessing and then rode together to Crazy Horse Memorial for lunch, guest speakers, and a group photo.
Gift From Mother Earth Art Show September 18-20, 2020
August 29, 2020
Unique Native American and Western Art Show and Sale.
The Autumn VolksMarch is a GO for September 26th and 27th
August 22, 2020
Dates of the Marches:Saturday, September 26th and Sunday September 27th. Registration WILL NOT be open until 8:00 am. All Hikers must register and registration will be open from 8 AM to 1 PM both days. There will be no early registration.
Generous Gift from the Estate of the Late Maynard Klingbeil
August 16, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Receives Generous Gift from the Estate of the Late Maynard Klingbeil from Onida, South Dakota.
Crazy Horse Memorial prepares to welcome summer students
May 09, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial and The Indian University of North America look forward to welcoming students for the summer 2020 program.
Crazy Horse Memorial will reopen May 18, 2020
May 09, 2020
The Memorial will open May 18, 2020 with guidelines and restrictions with the safety of guests and employees as top priority.
2020 Spring Volksmarch : Press Release
April 21, 2020
The Black Hills Volkssport Association (BHVA) and Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation have determined that the 35th annual Spring Volksmarch scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020 will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crazy Horse Memorial and The Indian University of North America Congratulate Dr. John Little
March 28, 2020
Dr. Little is excited to use his recently earned PhD to mentor other Native youth, especially through university programming, to help create the next generation of doctors, lawyers, teachers, and leaders.
Crazy Horse Memorial—Covid-19 Response
March 24, 2020
We are writing to announce our support of prevention and collective well-being of the community, Crazy Horse Memorial will temporarily close beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at this time.
COVID-19 Public Statement
March 19, 2020
For more than 70 years, Crazy Horse Memorial has practiced gracious hospitality with a passion for our values and guests. These core values continue to guide us as we face the difficult challenge of responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.
Crazy Horse Memorial announces 2020 Cultural Programs Calander
March 08, 2020
2020 Cultural Program Calendar, Including special Pamyua and Brule have been unveiled.
New Cultural Programs Manager joins the team
March 02, 2020
Crazy Horse Memorial® welcomes, Lee Rainboth, Cultural Manager to its team at The Indian Museum of North America®.
Up Close Winter/ Spring Presentation Series for 2020
February 08, 2020
Join the museum curator,collections manager, staff and guest artists for exclusive insights into the Museum, Native American culture, and collections.
Former Indian University of North America Students Joins Board of Directors at Crazy Horse Memorial
November 12, 2019
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation proudly announced that Alexander “Zane” Zephier III, a former student from The Indian University of North America, joined the Board of Directors for the Foundation.
Crazy Horse memorial Foundation Provides Tools for Success
November 12, 2019
Dakota State University senior, Carl Petersen, is a former student of The Indian University of North America.
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Recognized for Supporting Native American Students
October 19, 2019
Seeking Applicants for the 2019 Summer Art & Culture Program
November 27, 2018
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THE 2019 SUMMER ART AND CULTURE PROGRAMS CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial, located…
October 20, 2018 Raffle Winner
October 22, 2018
The 150th Anniversary Deluxe 1866 Sporting 45, 20" Barrel raffle drawing, officially has a winner...
Seeking Applicants for the 2018 Summer Art & Culture Program
January 01, 2018
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THE 2018 SUMMER ART AND CULTURE PROGRAMSCRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial, located…
September 12, 2017
CEO Jadwiga Ziolkowski pulled the winning motorcycle raffle ticket #1522 from the barrel today. And the winner is..... Jolie Dressler…
2017 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide
February 03, 2017
The 2017 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide has arrived and tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Motorcycle Raffle.…
Mountain Update December 26, 2016
December 26, 2016
With our last #MountainMonday of 2016, the Mountain Crew wishes you a Happy New Year! As progress continues on Crazy Horse’s Hand,…
Mountain Update December 19, 2016
December 24, 2016
Oh the weather outside is frightful…but the Mountain Crew remains delightful! This#MountainMonday follows a weekend of below zero temperatures and snow.…
Mountain Update December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016
At a mere 30 degrees Fahrenheit (a drastic improvement over last week’s temperatures) the Mountain photographer capturing this #MountainMonday image was greeted…
Seeking Applicants for the 2017 Summer Art & Culture Program
December 10, 2016
2017 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED - FOR INFORMATION ON 2018 PLEASE CLICK HERE. CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR THE…
Mountain Update December 5, 2016
December 05, 2016
For the second #MountainMonday in a row we would like to feature our “Meet the Crew Series” with another long-time Crew Member.…
2017 Summer Events
December 03, 2016
Crazy Horse Memorial is announcing its updated schedule for the 2017 Summer Events.Changes to note are the updated times, dates…
Mountain Update November 28, 2016
November 28, 2016
Good News! This #MountainMonday is part of the highly requested “Meet the Crew Series” in which we would like to introduce you…
2016 Raffle Winner
November 23, 2016
Rifle Raffle drawing was October 20, 2016 for the Cherokee Trail of Tears Carbine, Model 1894 Winchester Lever Action Rifle…
Mountain Update November 21, 2016
November 21, 2016
The Mountain Crew has been researching rock saw options. This fragment held in the air by the Manitou was removed…
Mountain Update November 14, 2016
November 14, 2016
This #MountainMonday may resemble the popular “Where’s Waldo®” games as you search for two Crazy Horse Mountain Crew members in the image.…
Lighting Up Orange
October 29, 2016
The Mountain will be lit orange on November 2nd from 5:00 to 7:30 pm to spread awareness of Complex Regional…
Mountain Update October 24, 2016
October 24, 2016
In the crisp fall air, the Crazy Horse Mountain Crew continues peeling layers from the top of Crazy Horse’s Hand,…
Mountain Update October 17, 2016
October 17, 2016
This #MountainMonday is the first in our Meet the Crew Series in which every few weeks we would like to…
Mountain Update October 10, 2016
October 10, 2016
On this vivid fall #MountainMonday we celebrate our 27th Native Americans’ Day with Crazy Horse Mountain in the background. Native Americans’…
Mountain Update October 3, 2016
October 03, 2016
Standing on the scaffold just beyond Crazy Horse’s Fingertip the dimensions of this sculpture become more evident. The close ends…
Native Americans’ Day Celebration
September 27, 2016
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL - Native Americans' Day CelebrationCRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial will host its annual Native Americans’ Day celebration,…
September 26, 2016
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - AUTUMN VOLKSMARCHCRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial is hosting its fourth annual Autumn Volksmarch, Sunday, September…
Mountain Update September 26, 2016
September 26, 2016
Inspired by requests of our #MountainMonday followers, every few weeks we will feature a member of the Mountain Crew so…
Mountain Update September 19, 2016
September 19, 2016
A Crew Member alternates his lunch break with others to finish the feathers and wedges and rock removal process on…
Mountain Update September 12, 2016
September 12, 2016
Crazy Horse Mountain Carving, captured by a member of the Mountain Crew, gives unique meaning to the common phrase “head…
2016 Bike Winner
September 06, 2016
On September 6th of this year, the winning ticket was drawn for the 2016 Harley Davidson Street Glide Motorcycle. Congratulations go…
Mountain Update September 5, 2016
September 05, 2016
Today is not just any #MountainMonday, it is Adam Ziolkowski’s birthday! Adam is number three of ten children born at…
Mountain Update August 29, 2016
August 29, 2016
As more rock is removed bringing us closer to revealing Crazy Horse’s outstretched Finger, we also see new markings. Different…
September Night Blast
August 27, 2016
CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - SEPTEMBER NIGHT BLASTCRAZY HORSE, S.D. - Crazy Horse Memorial announces its autumn Night Blast, Tuesday, September 6.…
Mountain Update August 22, 2016
August 22, 2016
Last week Mountain Crew photographers, including Monique Ziolkowski, took their annual helicopter flight over the Carving in progress to capture…
Mountain Update August 15, 2016
August 15, 2016
Crazy Horse Mountain Carving has a striking stare from a distance. Separated by ¾ mile of Black Hills beauty, most visitors…
Mountain Update August 8, 2016
August 08, 2016
Last week we shared a photo of the “Denny” Drill, operated by remote control, drilling horizontally. Here, it is creating…
Mountain Update August 1, 2016
August 01, 2016
Members of the Mountain Crew are able to work in various areas on Crazy Horse’s Hand, as long as they…
Mountain Update July 25, 2016
July 25, 2016
“A Great Eight” states Mountain Carving Director and daughter of Korczak and Ruth Ziolkowski, Monique Ziolkowski. A part of the…
Mountain Update July 11, 2016
July 11, 2016
With safety always in mind, the growing Crazy Horse Mountain Crew position themselves in work areas and focus on various…
Mountain Update July 9, 2016
July 09, 2016
In recognition of Independence Day, the Mountain Crew unrolls and secures a large American flag to the Arm of Crazy…
Mountain Update July 3, 2016
July 03, 2016
The night blast on June 26th, honoring Ruth Ziolkowski’s birth date (1926-2014) and commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of…
Mountain Update June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
The popular Night Blasts at ©Crazy Horse Memorial occur on two special dates annually, June 26th and September 6th. Even though…