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Mission: The mission of crazy horse memorial foundation is to protect and preserve the culture, tradition, and living heritage of the north american indians. Since its founding in 1948 by korczak ziolkowski through an invitation from chief standing bear, the foundation has demonstrated its commitment to this endeavor by undertaking the world's largest sculptural carving of lakota leader crazy horse. Crazy horse was a great and patriotic hero to native americans and is remembered for his skill in battle, character, loyalty to his people, and dedication to his personal vision of serving his people and preserving their valued culture. His spirit is a role model of selfless dedication and service to others. Although the crazy horse mountain carving has continued to be the primary focus of the foundation, operations have expanded to honor korczak's original directive. The foundation is now not just a colossal mountain carving, but also an outstanding example of native american culture and heritage.

Programs: Expenses totaling 4,463,587 directly support the foundation's programs. This total does not include the annual cash outlay directed toward enhancing the crazy horse mountain carving, which totaled 1,470,520 during fy15. Without the funds directed to this endeavor, our mission would not be achieved. If this amount were allowed to be reported as program expenses under irs guidelines and generally accepted accounting principles, the foundation's total program expenses would be reflected as 5,934,107 or 74% of the total. We do not rely on any government funding to support our mission. All funds are raised through the fundraising efforts of our employees and board members and through visitor admissions. We take our fiduciary responsibilities seriously and strive (continued on schedule 0) to spend each dollar as if it were coming directly from our own pocket. Members of korczak ziolkowski's family and the foundation's staff continue to work tirelessly in all aspects of the foundation operations to ensure the founders' dreams are fulfilled and the dollars are spent prudently. The mountain carving of crazy horse continues on a daily basis as weather, availability of financing, and engineering challenges allow. The completed mountain is expected to be 641 feet long by 563 feet high. Crazy horse's completed head is 87 feet 6 inches high. The current focus of work on the mountain includes crazy horse's outstretched hand and arm and the horse's mane and head, as well as crazy horse's hair and right shoulder. The mountain crew uses precision explosive engineering to carefully and safely remove and shape the rock of the mountain. During fy15, 4,850 tons of rock were blasted from the horse's head and another 60 tons were manually drilled and removed (without blasting), from crazy horse's hand and the horse's mane. Total dollars invested in the memorial to date is over 33 million. The indian museum of north america is home to an extraordinary collection of art and artifats reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of the american indian people. Close to 90% of the museum collection has been donated by both native americans and non-natives who have decided that the museum should be the permanent home for their american indian artifacts. Both native and non-native students and the general visiting public have the opportunity to study and learn from the displays. During fy15, collections valued at 25,366 were donated to the foundation for display. The total collection currently stands at over 6 million. The native american cultural center and the indian museum of north america provide a number of unique educational opportunities, including a summer lecture series, geared to enhance the visitor experience. One-of-a-kind art and artifact collections are displayed, native artisans/vendors are showcased, and special engaging activities and games are featured. The center hosts and encourages many hands-on activities (e. G. Playing lakota games and making lakota crafts). Activities include interpretations of cultural significance and usage in order to teach the proper cultural respect. Native american artists throughout north america spend much of the summer in residence at the center, where they are provided space at no charge. They are able to create and sell their work while interacting with visitors, which provides a valuable cultural exchange for both parties. During fy15, 17 native american artists were hosted in the cultural center and in the indian museum of north america. Additionally, crazy horse memorial hosted 13 native lectures, 6 artists-in-residence, 6 one-person shows, and daily native american performers throughout the summer season. The summer programs of the indian university of north america commenced in fy10 and houses and instructs students in its residence/instructional facility as students complete their first semester of college. Students enroll in college credit classes full-time as part of a summer curriculum (in conjunction with the university of south dakota), including a paid, credit-bearing internship at the memorial in both front line service and behind the scenes support roles. The goal of this program is to provide american indian students the knowledge and skill they need to successfully start and complete college. During the summer of 2015, 31 students participated in the freshman program and enrolled in english, algebra, speech, a college-success class and the paid internship. To date since its inception, 160 students have successfully completed the program, 8 have earned college degrees, and several more are scheduled to graduate in may 2016. The fall 2015 research confirmed the overall college persistence/college graduation rate is 63%. This compares to a national average of 7-15% college persistence rate for native americans pursuing higher education. The foundation accepts no government funding for the mountain carving or any of its other program services. Crazy horse memorial foundation funds its museum and university programming, including student tuition, fees, faculty and staff salaries, and food and lodging costs through admission and donations. Visitor admissions and generous donations from the public allow operations to continue and the mission to advance as the foundation works to make the dreams of chief standing bear and korczak and ruth ziolkowski a reality for the over 1 million annual visitors of crazy horse memorial.

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