Indian Museum

Indian Museum

Home to an extraordinary collection of Native American art and artifacts, the Indian Museum of North American was started in 1965 by Charles Eder, Assiniboine-Sioux, from Montana.  Almost 90 percent of the museum’s collections has been donated by those interested in the rich cultural heritage of Native Americans in North America.

The Indian Museum of North America is located on the Crazy Horse Campus, the site of the Crazy Horse Memorial.  The museum was constructed thirty-six years ago, and has grown as the Crazy Horse Memorial has progressed.  Designed by Korczak Ziolkowski, the sculptor of the Crazy Horse Memorial, the museum was built during a the harsh winter of 1972-1973. New wings to the museum were planned during the early 1980s, but Ziolkowski did not live to see these built.  His wife, however, saw their completion during 1983-1984, partly with the help of a donor who gave the museum $60,000 for the expansion.

One of the main attractions at the museum is a large tipi, painted by the late Lakota artist Paha Ska. In addition, the museum’s collection has many smaller, more detailed items.

The Indian Museum or North America is open year round, and admission is always free for Native Americans, military personnel with active-duty ID, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in uniform, and Custer County, SD residents.

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