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Native Americans’ Day 2018
At Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse, SD – Crazy Horse Memorial will host its annual Native Americans’ Day celebration, Monday, October 8, 2018. The event features hands-on activities, a program, Native American performers, and naming an Educator of the Year. In a continued effort to support local food drives, admission to the Memorial is waived with the donation of three (3) cans of food per person.

Hands-on activities will take place throughout the complex from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Native Americans’ Day program begins at 10 a.m. and free buffalo stew will be available following the program through the generosity of Custer State Park and Korczak’s Heritage. Native American performer, Whitney Rencountre will perform during the program and again at 12:30 p.m. on the viewing veranda.

South Dakota continues to be the only state in the Nation to celebrate Native Americans’ Day, previously known as Columbus Day. The change occurred in 1989 when the South Dakota State Legislature approved a proposal by Governor Mickelson, upon the encouragement and advice of Tim Giago. Thereafter, 1990 was marked as the “Year of Reconciliation” – 100 years after the Wounded Knee Massacre. More than 1,200 people attended the first Native Americans’ Day celebration, held at Crazy Horse Memorial on October 8, 1990.

“We can’t turn back the clock. We can only turn to the future together. What we can do as leaders, both Native American and white, is teach others that we can change attitudes.” – stated Governor George S. Mickelson. Speaking of his heritage and its importance, Taylor Hicks, of INSP Food Network said “I learned recently that I am actually part Cherokee Indian. Coming to a place like Crazy Horse just made me very proud of my Native American Heritage and proud the site is here”.

Crazy Horse Memorial offers historical and current information about Native American life at the Indian Museum of North America® and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center®. The Mountain Carving Room provides an up-to-date film about the carving team and their progress throughout the summer. Korczak’s Studio-Home and Workshop houses sculptures, artwork, and antiques of the Ziolkowski family. Crazy Horse Memorial also offers dining at Laughing Water Restaurant and Snack Shop as well as a Gift Shop.

About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, 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®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.

Crazy Horse Memorial is located at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730.
For more information visit or call 605-673-4681