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American Indian sculpture in Rapid City garden raising funds

RAPID CITY (AP) — Fundraising has begun for a planned American Indian sculpture garden in Rapid City’s downtown. KOTA television reported the First Nations Sculpture Garden will feature cast bronze portraits of honored men who span several generations of modern Lakota, Dakota and Nakota history.

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The Board of Directors of met Friday night to explain the project to the community, and the meeting also served as the project’s first fundraiser. Project coordinator Elizabeth Cook-Lynn says the goal is to raise $100,000 by April. Board member Edward Valandra says the site will be a draw, and the goal is to educate the community about Native American history.