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Yellow Bird: Crazy Horse monument worthy projects
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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2003

"There is a smoldering discontent among some Native Americans over the Crazy Horse monument in the Black Hills. It is nearly irrelevant, however, because the head of the Oglala Lakota warrior emerged from Thunderhead Mountain in 1998 and stares south over the Hills. It has taken on life.

Some Native people say that Crazy Horse would never have approved of a statue. He refused to be photographed. So why would he want a gigantic representation of himself carved into the sacred Black Hills?

Other Native Americans say the carving and blasting in the sacred Black Hills are desecrating the holy mountains. Others have said that the Lakota don't point like the statue does; the gesture is rude. One of Oglala Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear's relatives said the memorial is promoting a stereotype of Native people. It is all about Native Americans in history, not what they are today, she said."

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COLUMNIST DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: Rain of controversy doesn't mar monument (The Grand Forks Herald 5/6)

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