This exhibit is being funded in part by in-kind contributions from the Journey Museum and Learning Center, and the Office of Indian Education at the Rapid City Area Schools. We invite you to join them in supporting the Great Race exhibit by making a financial contribution. We greatly appreciate you doing so.


You are invited to an exclusive tour of the Great Race exhibit by curator Dr. Craig Howe. In addition, your name appears on the Great Race webpage as an “Exhibit Insider” and you receive a complimentary copy of the exhibit catalog.


$320 +

Your name appears on the Great Race webpage as an “Exhibit Backer” and you receive a complimentary copy of the exhibit catalog.


up to $320


up to $64

Community organizations that mostly serve American Indian populations in the Black Hills region are hosting receptions for the artists of the eight vignettes. During these receptions, featured artists will perform and/or present their songs, poems and artworks. Special thanks to the following organizations for supporting our exhibit:


Your name appears on the Great Race webpage and you receive our heart-felt thanks for supporting the Great Race exhibit.

Rapid City Teachers / CAIRNS Cohorts

Teachers from Rapid City Area Schools who have participated in CAIRNS trainings have come together to host this opening reception. Under the guidance of director Jr. Bettelyoun, the RCAS Office of Indian Education has collaborated with CAIRNS to create training opportunities for educators, including four “Teaching American Indian Histories” courses, two “Lakota Lands and Identities” traveling seminars, and trainings for the Parent Advisory Committee.

Native POP: People of the Plains

The fourth annual one day juried Native American fine art show and cultural celebration featuring established and emerging artists, music and dance performances. Free, family-friendly, community event. July 16, 2016. Main Street Square, Rapid City, South Dakota.

Omniciye Rotary Club

The Omniciye Rotary Club was established as a satellite of Rushmore Rotary. Rotary International is the largest service organization in the world, with over one million members. Uniquely diverse, the club consists of volunteers committed to effecting positive change in the community by promoting peace and respect among all people.

The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School

One of the earliest cultural centers and museums located on an Indian reservation in the United States, The Heritage Center represents the rich and storied heritage of North America’s Native community and the skill and creativity that remain mainstays of the local Lakota and other Native American cultures.

Lakota Funds

Lakota Funds is a Native CDFI providing tribal members on and near the Pine Ridge Reservation with business loan capital, technical assistance and asset building tools.  Lakota Funds has provided over $8M in loan capital for startups, expansion, operating and improvements for businesses on and near Pine Ridge for the last 30 years. With support from First People’s Fund and Surdna, they offer artist-specific loan products, equity injections and artist-specific training.

Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce

The PRACC is an association of business people  working together to make the Pine Ridge area a better place in which to live, work and raise a family. As a non-profit corporation their purpose is to create, sustain and enhance Indian-owed businesses that will improve the quality of life in Pine Ridge Reservation. The PRACC applies the Laḳota values of honesty, wisdom, respect, courage, fortitude, responsibility and generosity to the economic setting.

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

Thunder Valley CDC is an Oglala Lakota nonprofit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation that is building a Regenerative Community Development as a way to overpower intergenerational poverty and build momentum toward regional equity. Their main programmatic focus areas are: Food Sovereignty, Housing, Lakota Language, Social Enterprise, Workforce Development, & Youth.

Rural America Initiatives

Rural America Initiatives is a nonprofit social services agency targeting low-income Native American families. Started in 1986, they are the largest continuously operating Native American nonprofit organization in Rapid City. Families are served through programs for children from pre-natal through high school, and over 100 full time staff are employed; eighty-five percent are Native American.