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Senate Adopts Thune Resolution Marking 60th Anniversary of Crazy Horse Memorial

-- June 3, 2008 Marks 60 Years Since First Blast --

May 20, 2008

Washington, D.C. —  The U.S. Senate today adopted Senator John Thune's resolution (S. Res. 496) honoring the 60th anniversary of the commencement of the sculpting of the Crazy Horse Memorial near Hill City, South Dakota.

"No visit to the Black Hills is complete without a stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial," said Thune. "The size and scope of the memorial make it a breathtaking tribute to a great man who is little-known to many Americans. Crazy Horse is remembered by his people as a visionary leader who was committed to preserving the traditional Lakota way of life. The monument to Crazy Horse, which was started 60 years ago, is a tribute to his spirit and to the legacy of the Lakota nation and all Native Americans."

Senator Thune's resolution is cosponsored by Senator Johnson and pays tribute to the late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and his family. Ziolkowski was the visionary artist behind the concept of the memorial. Today his family, under the leadership of his wife, Ruth, and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation continue carving the memorial.