Thunder Butte, in South Dakota, has featured prominently in my family's history since 1913. Also known as "Wakinyan Paha" to the Lakota, its religious and cultural significance to the Lakota goes back much further in time, still. Rising from the dry, rolling prairie grasslands in Ziebach County, in northwestern South Dakota, the butte is located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.
From the top of the butte, you can see for miles in every direction. There are not many people here, although the land is alive with the memory of those who walked here before us. Taking in the quiet of the plains as they reach to the horizon, you can well imagine the way the world was before we were here, and what it may look like long after we have moved on.
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August 25, 2006
Gene Crowley & Cece's Boy Tommy at Thunder Butte, 1936
Gene & Cece's Boy Tommy in 1936
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Here's John (then known as Gene) Crowley at the Crowley's leased Thunder Butte spread in 1936 with his sister Cecelia's little boy, Tommy. Gene would have just started high school, or about to have started high school, in Lemmon, South Dakota.
Mike Crowley Friday, August 25, 2006
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August 17, 2006
Rare Mention in the National Press
Ziebach County, home of Thunder Butte, received a rare mention in the national press this week—Time Magazine. See the article in Time, Outsourcing Your Homework
”. The story is about the plan of a Bangalore-based firm, TutorVista, to provide free online tutoring to school kids in the ten poorest counties in the U.S. While it is unfortunate that Ziebach County is counted among the ten poorest counties, the additional help for kids should enhance their success in schools and life.
Mike Crowley Thursday, August 17, 2006
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