Native American days celebrated in SD
It's a holiday unique only to South Dakota. The state celebrated Native Americans' Day Monday.
One annual program at Crazy Horse Memorial drew standing room only crowds. Presenters dressed in authentic attire and shared pieces of their culture through music and dance, while also honoring the Native American people.
Keynote speaker Tom Shortbull, president of the Oglala Lakota College, charged youngsters in the audience to "be like Crazy Horse," meaning they should always stand up as leaders.
He also believes those in attendance should take what they learned throughout the day back to their own communities.
"I think it's really sad that there's so few people, young people in this country that know about us as Indian people," Shortbull said. "And so activities like this help with that learning process of helping people learn more about Indian people."
A blast on the mountain brought people outside after the ceremony. Those who stayed for the afternoon got a first-hand look at different Native American crafts. They also learned more about music and dancing.