Photos of the Crazy Horse Monument and Gift Shop
by Margaret Odrowaz-Sypniewski

***Photos are © Margaret Sypniewska, unless otherwise noted.

This sign reads:

1 1/2 miles


.....Born in Rapid Valley, 49 miles E. about 1840, he early dreamed of immunity from his enemies and trouble from his friends and that was his life pattern. Without political ambition he was content to be a leader in the eternal warfare inherent in the life of his people. He tenanciously clung to the sound military tactics of fighting at a place and time of his choosing and, believing that a dead Indian was a stupid Indian mimimized his own casualty to inflict maximum damage on his enemies. His fights against Fetterman in 1866, Crook at the Rosebud in early June and Custer on June 25, 1876 were classic examples of his tactical beliefs.

.....He signed no treaties, lived in the outlands, spurned the soft living of Reservation life and was a rock of independence from the white man. At long last, yielding to the pressure of his erstwhile friends, he capitulated in April 1877. Jealousy prompted rivals to make false accusations: for he was a man who kept his given word to fight no more against the whites. In September, enticed into the Guardhouse at Ft. Robinson, while struggling with a friend, Little Big Man, a guard stabbed him fatally in the back. His death was an ignominous tragedy; his life an open book. His life parallels the tragic history of his red brethen. One of many great and patriotic Indian heroes, his tenacity of purpose, his modest life, his tragic end set him apart if not above the others.

***Notice the bullet holes as they appeared in June 1997.

"Fighting Stallions" by Korczak Ziol~kowski.
located on the Crazy Horse grounds

Tepee inside the Crazy Horse Gift Shop.
The shop was built by Korczak Ziol~kowski and
his family as a meeting place for area Native
Americans and tourists. Different artists and
writers display their work here and there are gift
items such as souvenir t-shirts and books
about the Crazy Horse Monument.

© Raymond Sypniewski
Margaret Sypniewska and Dr. Allen "Charlie" Ross
in the Crazy Horse gift shop.
June 1997.

Dr. Allen C. Ross has written:

  • Mitakuye Oyasin - We are All Related, (1990).
  • Conversational Lakota (1991).
  • Ehanamani - "Walks Among" - The winter Count of a Santee Dakota educator, Historian, and Spiritual Guide: an autobiography (1992).
  • Keeper of the Female Medicine Bundle a biography of Wihopa (Agnes Ross), the oldest living Mdewakanton (Feb. 1998). A copy of this books is in the South Dakota State Archives.
  • Crazy Horse and The Real Reason for the Battle of Little Big Horn (Mar. 2000)

Dr Allen Ross was born in Pipestone, Minnesota, on October 25, 1940. He is a member of the Mdewakantonwan Tribe, one of the original seven tribes of the Dakota Nation (Sioux). Interestingly enough Dakota means "Related People." While Medewakantonwan means "spirit water of the people." Dr. Ross is of Santee, Sicangu, Ponca, Irish, and Scottish blood. His early years were spent on the Flandreau, Rosebud, and Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota. Also known as Ehanamani or "walks among." Mitakuye Oyasin is Lakota Sioux for "All My Relations." It is a prayer of oneness and harmony with all forms of life: other people, animals, birds, insects, trees and plants, and even rocks. It reminds us that we are connected to these other aspects of Creation, that we share a common kinship in the Hoop of Life.


Dr. Ross in Germany in 1998
Dr. Allen Ross 1
Dr. Allen Ross

In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tuawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent Animals to tell man that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn....for all things speak of Tuawa.

.....Chief Letakos-Lesa of the Pawnee Tribe

Dr. Ross' book Mitakuye Oyasin/We are all related was the winner of the 1992 "Top 50" Recognition Award at the Frankfort International Bookfair,

In October 1997, Dr. Ross was in Honolulu, Hawaii at a pow wow. Dr. A.C. Ross teaches Jung psychology and brain hemispheric research. These teachings were part of Lakota culture. He is known as a Santee Dakota educator, historian and spiritual guide.

Look for more photos soon of Pipestone, Minnesota.


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