About 17 miles from Mount Rushmore, a monument to a Native American hero is finally coming into view.
The mountainside sculpture of Crazy Horse, regarded as one of the most iconic Native Americans of all time, will be even larger than those of the four U.S. presidents at Mount Rushmore.
The monument has been under construction for 70 years and could take another century to complete.
In 1939, Lakota Chief Standing Bear commissioned one of the Mount Rushmore sculptors to carve a similar monument to his famous forefather Crazy Horse, a freedom fighter who led his people against the US federal government and is credited for killing General Custer in the Battle of Little Bighorn.
“My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes too,”
Standing Bear told the renowned Polish-American sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.
Standing Bear asked the impossible, a stone monument even larger and grander than Mount Rushmore with no government funding.
Fortunately Ziolkowski was a dreamer.
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