Crazy Horse Memorial
We started off the day by going to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Located in the heart of the Black Hills, the Crazy Horse Memorial is a magnificent sight. The goal of the monument is to is to protect and preserve the culture of North American Indians by continuing the sculpture of the Lakota leader Crazy Horse, providing educational and cultural programming, and acting as a repository Native American artifacts, arts, and crafts.
The monument officially started in 1947. The sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski was invited to the sacred Black Hills to create a monument of Crazy Horse by Chief Henry Standing Bear. The first blast in the mountain was on June 3rd 1948 and the craving is still in progress.
We were able to explore these aspects of the memorial and then headed off to see some amazing wildlife.
Slim Buttes Agricultural Project
We ended the day at the Slim Buttes Agricultural Project (SBAG) where Tom Cook, our guide, gave us a tour of the gardens and where we had a wonderful dinner under the stars.
SBAG is a community-based organic gardening project that provides soil preparation, seedlings, and other gardening assistance to families across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, free of charge.
Each year, SBAG assists with over 400 gardens in eight of the nine districts of Pine Ridge Reservation by tilling plots for families to farm, delivering seedlings, distributing packages of seeds and installing more than nine miles of irrigation systems.These gardens grow tomatoes, potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, beans, melons, peppers, lettuce, spinach, squash, artichokes, and corn.
Tomorrow we are traveling into Nebraska to visit the historic Ft. Robinson State Park. We will then come back to South Dakota to have lunch with Pinky Clifford and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing and to pay our respects at the Wounded Knee Memorial. We will end the day with dinner at our field office, Tipi Waste Un Zanipi (Wellness Through a Good Home)