Crazy Horse Memorial hosts day of inspiration, education - KOTA Territory News

Crazy Horse Memorial hosts day of inspiration, education

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At Crazy Horse Memorial, there is always an annual Native American Day celebration.

It's meant to educate and inspire.

"That's what really I think Crazy Horse is about - education of our young, you know, not just Native Americans but everybody," said guest speaker and artist Donald Montileaux.

The event brings cultures together.

"If you don't have an understanding of especially like the Native American culture just ask, ask questions go somewhere that's the biggest thing, a lot of misconceptions are based on ignorance," said Lakota Dancer Grace Her Many Horses.

And, the guest speakers aim to shatter stereotypes.

"There are so many native people in the world today that have really great positions I mean congressmen, senators, and lawyers, doctors everybody," said Montileaux. "We all just look at them on the reservation we don't see all those of us who have come off that scene and have been successful at life."

Lakota dancer, Grace Her Many Horses says it's a day that inspires her to work for her dreams.

"I still have dreams, you know I want to go and be a doctor, doctor somebody of something and I'm going to do it and I always tell people that you can do this if you really want to," said Her Many Horses.

"Don't quit, don't give up because whatever you learn you're going to have for a lifetime so education is extremely important, and I keep preaching, I keep preaching education," said Montileaux.

Most of all, the holiday honors a culture that is so prominent in South Dakota.

"I'm glad South Dakota is starting to recognize you know Native Americans and for the goodness that they do and not all negative stuff," said Mann.

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