DSU group visits Crazy Horse
A group of Dakota State University students, along with several DSU faculty and staff paid a recent visit to Crazy Horse Memorial. The trip was part of the larger cultural awareness weekend with stops at Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, BHSU American Indian Awareness week powwow, and a return trip through the Badlands.
The activity was funded by the South Dakota College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG) -"Improving American Indian Retention in South Dakota's Institutions of Higher Education." The CACG program is a federally funded grant awarded to the South Dakota Department of Education. DSU Vice President/Dean of Student Affairs Jesse Wise and, DSU Diversity Coordinator Jenn Aranda co-wrote the DSU portion. The grant was developed to encourage South Dakota universities to develop and implement strategies designed to increase the retention and success rate of American Indian, and other under-represented students.
While at Crazy Horse, the DSU group toured the mountain carving, the Indian Museum of North America, the American Indian Cultural Center, and the Sculptor's log studio home. Later they were lunch guests of Ruth Ziolkowski, President of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and wife of the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, at Laughing Water Restaurant on the Crazy Horse Memorial grounds.
The group also met with Memorial administrative director Don Gifford and his assistant Cleve Janis, who presented information on the Summer University Program at Crazy Horse and provided a tour of the new Living & Learning Center facility. The Summer University Program is provided through a partnership with the University of South Dakota and represents the beginning of the planned Indian University of North America. The current program offers college preparation and freshman-level courses in Native studies, math, and English to a limited number of students. The DSU delegation wanted to familiarize themselves with the higher education opportunities available at Crazy Horse, and to investigate opportunities for cooperation between Crazy Horse, and DSU in Madison.
Pictured are Executive Vice-President of the Crazy Horse Foundation Board Jadwiga Ziolkowski ; DSU faculty Margaret Ronald; DSU student Samantha Roubideaux; DSU student Amber Salas; Jennifer Aranda; DSU student Alen Kocer; Mrs. Ruth Ziolkowski; and Jesse Wise.