For Over 70 Years The Crazy Horse Memorial Has Been Under Construction, It’s Still Not Finished

70 Years in the Making

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Imagine building a monument so large, that after SEVEN decades it still wasn’t complete. Sounds crazy right? Well, Crazy Horse that is! The Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota has been under construction for the past 70 years, and while it’s open to tourists, the 87-foot-tall monument is still a long ways off from being finished.

How could that be?


Who Was Crazy Horse?

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Oglala Lakota aka “Crazy Horse” was born in 1849 and is known for being a famous war leader who fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, as well as many other significant battles during the American Indian Wars. A powerful warrior, visionary and freedom fighter, he worked hard to free his people and fight against the U.S. government seeking to take their land.


Ethnic Cleansing

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During this time, the Native Americans were being forced from their land and killed. Many tribes fought back, which triggered the wars. Crazy Horse would see visions of the future that he would relay to Chief Sitting Bull. Sadly, Crazy Horse would not live to see his dreams become a reality.

His Final Vision

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“The Red Nation shall rise again, and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness, and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.”

Crazy Horse would die four days later…