November 6th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

A memorial for Crazy Horse 64 years in the making ... so far

By Martin Rand III, CNN

(CNN) - Lakota warrior Crazy Horse has long been a controversial figure, so perhaps it's apropos that his memorial follow suit.

Though he's best known for fighting against George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Crazy Horse led his tribe numerous times against settlers and miners in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming and elsewhere before his 1877 death at Nebraska's Fort Robinson.

But forget his disputed role in that battle or the claims that he's never been photographed or the conflicting tales of how he met his end - the real mystery is more contemporary: When is the sculpture in his honor going to be complete?

In the mountains of Black Hills, South Dakota, rests the Crazy Horse Memorial. It pays tribute to the Native American war hero with a sculpture that, at many times the size of nearby Mount Rushmore, will one day constitute the world's largest mountain carving.

That is, if it ever gets completed.

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  1. martialeagle

    Americans died on both sides of this battle. Lakota land was invaded and occupied despite a treaty that gave them this land forever as the result of their victory in a prior American war against them.

    Forever meant until gold was found in the Black Hills. When the Lakota killed white Americans who invaded their land to take the gold the American government ordered them to stop. And then America issued an ultimatum asking them to suurender or else every male over 15 was a hostile enemy combatant. A three pronged invasion force moved in to k subdue the Lakota and their allies. That force was bloodied at Rosebud and then at the Little Big Horn when Custer and his men attacked a village of men, women and childdren. Custer and Crook and Gibbons and Sheridan and Sherman and Grant were the terrorists.

    Native Americans were the victims of an invasion and occupation by bigoted colonial imperialist illegal immigrant bigots from Europe claiming to be civilized Christians. See descision in SCOTUS case Sioux Nation of Indians v. United States of America.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Gi Jon

    This guy killed Americans and he's a hero that's what's wrong with this country he was a terrorist

    November 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |