Crazy Horse School

Crazy Horse School (Lakota: Tȟašúŋke Witkó Owáyawa) is a tribally-controlled K-12 school in Wanblee, South Dakota. It is affiliated with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).[1] It is within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.[2]

Its high school program is one of five high schools that are within the reservation boundaries.[3]


It was established in the 1960s so residents would not need to send their children to Native American boarding schools. It was named after Crazy Horse.[4] Its current building was established circa 1975.[2]

In 2005 the tribal council suspended the operation of the school board. At the time there were residents championing the dissolution of the school board.[5]

In 2015 it had 334 students.[2]

In 2016 it got a suicide prevention grant.[6]


  1. ^ "Crazy Horse School". Bureau of Indian Education. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Pine Ridge schools: Amid beauty, deterioration". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  3. ^ Haenchen, Brian (2020-08-13). "Multiple Native American schools opt to cancel or suspend fall sports; All Nations pushed to spring". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  4. ^ "History". Crazy Horse School. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  5. ^ Steen, Jonay (2005-01-25). "OST Council suspends Crazy Horse School Board". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  6. ^ Raposa, Megan (2016-05-13). "Pine Ridge gets third grant for suicide recovery efforts". Argus Leader. Retrieved 2021-08-01.

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Coordinates: 43°34′22″N 101°40′09″W / 43.5729°N 101.6691°W / 43.5729; -101.6691