Nebraska highway to be named for Lakota leader

2010-11-17T12:45:00Z 2010-11-17T19:06:42Z Nebraska highway to be named for Lakota leaderKerri Rempp Chadron Record Rapid City Journal
November 17, 2010 12:45 pm  • 

CHADRON, Neb. -- Part of the Bridges to Buttes Scenic Highway will now honor a fallen Native American hero.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved last week the naming of a stretch of U.S. Highway 20 from Hay Springs to Fort Robinson State Park as Crazy Horse Memorial Highway. A group of Chadron individuals began seeking the designation more than a year ago.

Dr. John Gamby, a local veterinarian, was one of those leading the charge. He said last year that he had noticed commemorative highway signs in other parts of the state and believed naming part of  U.S. 20 after Crazy Horse would be an appropriate recognition of Crazy Horse’s important place in the region’s history.

“That’s good news.” Gamby said after learning the governor had approved the request. “I think it’s a worthy cause.”

The segment of Highway 20 is not the only highway named as a memorial to Crazy Horse. U.S. Highway 16/385 between Custer, S.D., and Hill City, S.D., received the same designation in 2009. There also is an effort under way to name a highway on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after the Lakota leader.

Gamby said no one with influence on the shaping of this region was more widely known than Crazy Horse as he sought to protect his way of life. Crazy Horse, a Lakota warrior and chief, was born in what is now South Dakota and fought U.S. soldiers in Wyoming, living part of his life in Nebraska’s Pine Ridge area. He eventually surrendered to the government at Camp Sheridan, north of Hay Springs, Neb., in September 1877. The U.S. Army transferred him to the military post at Camp (Fort) Robinson, where he was killed while resisting imprisonment.

While Gamby said he is excited about the new designation, he hopes it is taken in the right context.

“I hope this is taken as a memorial rather than as a commercial thing,” he said.

Plans originally called for the designation to extend from Valentine to Fort Robinson.

Sandy Powell, Chadron city manager, said there was interest from the Rosebud Reservation in having the designation stretch to Valentine. However, the resolution of support -- required from cities and counties along the route -- wasn’t turned in until after the deadline, limiting the memorial to the highway between Hay Springs and Fort Robinson, Powell said. All of the information has been forwarded to Cherry County though, and individuals there can petition to have the designated route lengthened to include Valentine.

Powell said plans are in the works to formally dedicate the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway during the annual Crazy Horse Ride in June 2011.

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  1. deniseluisi
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    deniseluisi - November 18, 2010 8:38 am
    Let me just point out as a non Indian.. I mean, white girl. Custer is an embarrassment, still. And if you don't agree, then you don't know the accurate history. I hardly consider Custer a hero of any kind. Indian scouts did just that... and when a village consisted only of Elders, women and children, he'd raid, rape and murder. Are you with me so far?? Not only did he and many others continue their reign of terror, but Custer always traveled with Indian women, and it's for exactly what you're thinking. It's well documented, his appetite for Indian women. Long story short, his ego killed not only himself, but his men. And correct me if I'm wrong, and I might be?? But aren't the Sioux the only so called 'enemy' to capture the US flag, or at least take from the 7th Calvary?? They really had no use for it? Indians didn't need trophy's to show off, just the opposite.
  2. ntvshade
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    ntvshade - November 17, 2010 10:38 pm
    This is a great idea and should be dedicated with the respect that the decendents show Crazy Horse in their prayers and should include members of the oglala Lakota Nation, because this is where his father was a member and to those non-natives who brought about this memorial highway dedication, thank you for recognizing our great leader of freedom and of never leting go of our ways and never giving up, because he never did to the day he died. We will hold on to our lakota ways and remember great leaders showed us we are here and we will be hear for generations to come. Wopilah Mi taku ye Oyasin.
  3. BH_dreamer
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    BH_dreamer - November 17, 2010 4:36 pm
    Sinte Gleska is translated from Lakota to English as Spotted Tail and not Spotted Bull, also, I really don't think a highway anywhere near should be named after Sinte Gleska, as he was never the Chief of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the original Chief was murdered and Spotted Tail was only appointed by the DOI, Department of Interior or what they called back then, Department of War (Division of Indian Affairs) to oversee the Rosebud Reservation. And during that time, Spotted Tail was Chief of Police.
  4. rockycherry
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    rockycherry - November 17, 2010 2:54 pm
    Who criticized Obama for mentioning Sitting Bull? (I don't doubt you, just curious)

    and wouldn't Sinte Gleska (Spotted Bull) be a better name for the portion near Rosebud
  5. Wayne Gilbert
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    Wayne Gilbert - November 17, 2010 1:19 pm
    Wait til Fox News gets ahold of this. If Obama gets criticized for mentioning Sitting Bull in a book, then Glen Beck and his ilk should call out the entire state of Nebraska.
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