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Thursday, 04 October 2012
Native American Day
Jennifer Naylor Gesick
10.4.2012


Native American Day, a holiday unique to South Dakota, will be celebrated in a big way at Crazy Horse Memorial on Monday, Oct. 8.

Instead of Columbus Day, South Dakota in 1990 declared Native American Day to honor and celebrate its original inhabitants who now make up nearly 9 percent of the population or approximately 71,817 people, according to the 2010 Census.

The South Dakota Legislature established Native American Day as a step toward healing historic racial hurts, said Pat Dobbs, media relations specialist at Crazy Horse. Gov. George S. Mickelson in 1990 made Crazy Horse the center stage for celebrating the state’s new holiday, said Dobbs. Mickelson as a boy attended the memorial’s 1948 dedication ceremony that was led by his father, Gov. George Mickelson, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, he said.
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