University to build satellite facility at Crazy Horse Memorial

It was reported this week that one of Korczak Ziolkowski’s dreams for the Crazy Horse Memorial is about to come true.

The late artist, who began the mountain carving of Crazy Horse in 1948, had a grand vision for a Crazy Horse Memorial campus that included a university for American Indians. That always seemed a bit far-fetched, given that the mountain carving itself is still far from finished some 27 years after his death.

The dream got a shot in the arm this week from the University of South Dakota, which announced that it will build a $2.5 million satellite facility at the Crazy Horse site. University officials hope to have the facility open as early as next summer. "It will begin as a summer program where enrollees will study English, math and American Indian Studies culture classes," says a story by the Argus Leader, "and will earn from six credit hours up to 12 college credits from USD."

The project was made possible by a $2.5 million donation from — who else — T. Denny Sanford. That’s the same man who gave $400 million to what was formerly known as Sioux Valley Health System and now is known as Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. He’s given millions to other projects around the state, too. Operating costs for the satellite educational facility at Crazy Horse will be paid with earnings from a $5 million endowment donated by Donna Christen and her husband, Paul, of Huron. 

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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