In celebrating your 65th year, it is not unusual to retire from your work.
That is not the case at Crazy Horse Memorial. And certainly not the example set by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski or his wife, Ruth.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of Korczak’s arrival in the Black Hills on May 3, 1947, followed by Ruth on June 21.
As Korczak did, Ruth and members of their family toil tirelessly toward keeping the promise of honoring all North American Indian people. That pledge started with a simple handshake between Korczak and Chief Henry Standing Bear.
Their dream of establishing a monumental declaration that “the red man has great heroes, also” comes closer to reality with each passing year.

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