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FNSG board and planners discuss site development

Michael Stanley of 42nd Street Design Studio speaking about the sculpture garden designs at the meeting after the August 20th groundbreaking ceremony

FNSG President Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and Vice President Florestine Kiyukanpi Renville

Site development concepts are being discussed by participants looking over the sculpture garden plans

Dr. Edward Valandra, Michael Stanley, and board members taking a look at the sculpture garden blueprints


Maka Yu’ksa – Breaking ground ceremony for First Nations Sculpture Garden

August 20, 2015 – Participants in the FNSG groundbreaking are, from left to right, Scott German, Jim Scull, Alex DeSmidt, Michael Stanley, Mayor Steve Allender, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Steve Wyant, Dr. Edward Valandra, Florestine Kiyukanpi Renville, and Ritchie Nordstrom

At the August 20 groundbreaking ceremony, FNSG President Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender spoke about the lives of the honored subjects of the sculpture garden and the importance of these contemporary lives of these leaders as role models for the young people of today.

From left to right, Rapid City councilman Ritchie Nordstrom, philanthropist Jim Scull, and Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender



The public is invited to attend a free art/history discussion on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 7:00 p. m. Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (Santee Dakota), President of FNSG, and guest speakers will give presentations at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City. The presentations are titled “Four Native Lives of the Twentieth Century” and “City Parks and Public Responsibility”. All are welcome to attend this free event! Refreshments will be served.

You are invited to a reception for Marilyn Wounded Head

You are invited to a reception for Marilyn Wounded Head

Everyone is invited to meet Marilyn Wounded Head. She will be here Friday, January 30 from 10am-12pm at the Hoyt Room, Rapid City Public Library. She will present the completed models of the four notables to be honored: Oscar Howe, Charles Eastman, Black Elk, and Vine Deloria Jr.. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

History, Donations, Tax Exempt Status

History, Donations, Tax Exempt Status

Fundraising for the FNSG has been going well! FNSG celebrated its first $100,000 out-of-state grant. There have been many donors, both large and small. FNSG would like to thank all of the donors, especially Black Hills Power Inc., the ladies of Democracy In Action, Ludwick Family Foundation of Glendora CA, friends, teachers, businesspeople, students, artists, and so many others! THANK YOU ALL for your generous contributions!

Yes! We have our 501(c)3 status as FNSG, Inc., as of September 2014! Please give! Your donations may be sent to: FNSG Inc., Box 9515, Rapid City, SD 57702.


Dahl Fine Arts Center Gathering

Dahl Fine Arts Center Gathering

“We did not travel here; we are of the land. We did not declare our independence; we have always been free.”

The First Nations Sculpture Garden project is a visionary effort to honor the intellectual accomplishments of 20th Century indigenous leaders in South Dakota. See and hear more about plans for this important sculpture garden to be built in Rapid City, SD.

The sculpture garden will feature permanent cast bronze bust sculptures of honorees:

Scholar and First Nations Gardens President, Professor Elizabeth Cook Lynn, will guide a discussion with Board members Dr. Edward Valandra, Florestine Kiukanpi Renville, and Jesse Abernathy Filcaske about the achievements of the honored modern native leaders in order to inspire current and future generations to make their own contributions to history.

Refreshments will be served.

To contribute funds, please donate online here:


All other inquiries should be directed to:

First Nations Sculpture Garden, Inc.

P.O. Box 9515
Rapid City, SD 57709