Chief Henry Standing Bear read in the newspaper in 1939 that "the sculptor
who assisted Borglum at Mt. Rushmore this summer wins first prize at the New York
Standing Bear wrote to Korczak that fall asking, "Will you carve us a mountain
so the White men will know the Red man has great heroes, too?"
Thus the Dream was born and the Vision which continues today was begun.
The original heroic size mahogany portrait of Chief Standing Bear
was carved in 1940. Korczak
gave the sculpture to John F. Kennedy in
1962 when the President dedicated the Oahe Dam near Pierre, SD. It is now in the Kennedy
Memorial Library collection in Boston.