Dakota Midday: Dignity Dedication

Sep 19, 2016

The 50 foot statue named Dignity now stands on the Missouri River bluff near Chamberlain. It depicts a young Lakota woman wrapping a star blanket around her shoulders.

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray attended the dedication. He shares some of his reflections on his own experience along with the sights and sounds of the event. 

Click play below to listen.

Dignity Dedicated Near Chamberlain

Sep 18, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

South Dakota has a new monumental piece of art.  A fifty foot tall stainless steel sculpture now stands on the Missouri River bluffs near Chamberlain. A dedication celebration, held this past weekend, included a long list of dignitaries.

“Dignity” as it’s called depicts a Lakota woman wrapping a star quilt around her shoulders.   Norm and Eunabel  McKie of Rapid City donated one million dollars to make the project reality.   Sculptor Dale Lamphere is among those who spoke at the dedication celebration.

Giant Statue Planned For Missouri River Overlook

Dec 15, 2014

A 45-foot tall statue of a Lakota woman receiving a star quilt is planned for the Missouri River at Chamberlain.     The statue titled “Dignity” intends to honor Native people.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says the McKie family from the Black Hills is donating one million dollars to help fund the project.

“The monument will honor the heritage of our Native people and it will be something residents, tourists and  others to see as they travel on Interstate-90 and that’s thanks to the Norm McKie and Eunabel Mackie family,” says Daugaard