|Big crowd celebrates holiday at Crazy Horse|
|Monday, 08 October 2012 15:32|
At Crazy Horse Memorial on Monday, special ceremonies were held to commemorate the day, and to celebrate the contributions of Native Americans. Former Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw officiated at the ceremonies, and said the institution of Native American Day is a good example that South Dakota has set for the rest of the country. Shaw says, "There's sometimes a misconception that Columbus did discover America in 1492. In fact, first of all, Columbus never actually set foot on North America land. He was in the Caribbean. But secondly, there were millions upon millions of people already living here prior to 1492. So this kind of highlights and celebrates all of the cultures."
Monday's ceremonies were held with the giant carving of Oglala Lakota leader Crazy Horse in the background. Speakers at this morning's ceremonies praised the scientific, political, educational, and cultural contributions of Native Americans. Special ceremonies have been held at the Crazy Horse Memorial on Native American Day since the official implementation of the day by the South Dakota legislature more than two decades ago.
More than five hundred people attended the Native American Day festivities at Crazy Horse Monday morning, along with the thousands of others who attended services like it all over the state of South Dakota.
Al Van Zee