City Council honors First Nations Sculpture garden

It's a new piece of art built to honor the historical and intellectual accomplishments of South Dakota indigenous leaders in the 20th century, and it aims to provide a structure for understanding the modern life of the Oyate.

In the garden, the site of the original Sioux Indian Museum, you can find bronze sculptures of figures from various tribes each having achieved something different. Leaders say it tells a story of who the Native American people really are.

Elizabeth Cook-lynn, president of the First Nation Sculpture Garden Inc. says, "We wanted this community in particular which is pretty much of a tourist community to understand who we really are. Warriors, victims of massacre and that sort of thing and we are, but we are also scholars, writers, artists."

Two of the four phases of the project are complete. Board members say although the figures are in place, there is still plenty of work to be done.