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Warriors Memorial Hidden on Rosebud’s Fairgrounds

BY VI WALN
LCT CORRESPONDENT


The granite center will likely remain sturdy for years after the concrete crumbles away. The granite center will likely remain sturdy for years after the concrete crumbles away. ROSEBUD – Many are unaware of the Warriors Memorial located here on the fairgrounds, even though the site has been in existence for over 12 years.

The late Charles C. Colombe, who was elected to a 2-year term as the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President in 2003, was a veteran of the US Army. During his term in office he dedicated a wall “In Honor of All Native American Warriors: Past and Present.”

The dedication took place on August 27, 2005 during the annual Rosebud Fair, Rodeo and Wacipi. The concrete wall has a granite center with elaborate carving declaring it the “Rosebud Sioux Tribe Warriors Memorial.”

The Warriors Memorial Wall is located on the Rosebud fairgrounds. It is south of the wacipi arbor, in an area where many camps are usually set up during the annual celebration held every August. Since the Memorial Wall is in such an obscure place, it means many tribal citizens don’t know it is there.

The concrete looks to be deteriorating and it would probably crumble if it was moved. The granite center is going to remain sturdy for a long time. Perhaps when the concrete is no longer stable enough to resemble a wall, tribal officials will find a way to move the granite center to an area where it is more visible to the public and visitors.

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