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Dignity Statue

Chamberlain, South Dakota 57325 USA

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Dignity (a.k.a. Dignity of Earth & Sky) is a sculpture on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, South Dakota. The 50-foot high stainless steel statue, by South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere, depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains-style dress receiving a star quilt. According to Lamphere, the sculpture honors the culture of the Lakota and Dakota peoples who are indigenous to South Dakota. Assisting Lamphere were sculptors Jim Maher, Andy Roltgen, and Grant Standard. Automotive paint expert Brook Loobey assisted with the colors for the quilt, and Albertson Engineering of Rapid City, SD ensured the sculpture would endure the strong winds common in the area. Norm and Eunabel McKie of Rapid City, South Dakota announced their gift of Dignity to the State of South Dakota in 2014, in honor of the 125th anniversary of South Dakota statehood. It was erected in September 2016 at a site near Interstate 90, where it overlooks the river. The statue measures 50 feet (15.24m) high, 16 (4.88m) feet deep and 32 feet (9.75m) wide. The star quilt held by the woman has more than 100 blue diamond shapes that move in the wind "like an Aspen leaf". Three Native American women from Rapid City, SD were used as models for the sculpture. The artist began by first drawing the form and then sculpting a one-eighth-scale model. The sculpture was created in an isolated area near the Cheyenne River, east of Rapid City, SD, and later moved to the installation site. The statue boldly proclaims that South Dakota's Native cultures are alive, standing with dignity. Since July 1, 2017 South Dakota residents are now able to purchase auto license plates bearing the likeness of Dignity. The plates were designed with the help of the statue's designer. When interviewed nearly a year after the dedication, Lamphere said "It's been well-received by the Native community, and by visitors from all over the country. My hope over time is it really gets people to think about the beauty of the native cultures."

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Reviewed by
nick34

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 30, 2020
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous view and a nice place to stop and take a break from driving!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JHW

  • 12 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
December 21, 2019
Rated 5.0

Best rest stop ever! Sculpture is amazing and the view is fantastic. We really enjoyed this stop!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leslieloowho13

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

This is literally the coolest rest stop ever. It has this amazing statue and a lovely little trail to overlook the town and river below. Definitely worth a stop! It was almost dark but the way this statue is lit at night is amazing. Just lovely.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LaurenFoley

  • 17 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
October 30, 2020
Rated 5.0

Beautiful place to stop on a road trip. There's a lovely view and picnic area to stop and have a snack.

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Kevin Raines

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September 14, 2020
Rated 4.0

Great place to stop and a beautiful view. The statue is really neat. Building was open but mask are required bathrooms were clean.

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Reviewed by
meganknight2

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August 14, 2020
Rated 5.0

Wonderful place to stop with a beautiful statue and view. Plenty of places to sit and eat and let the dog out of the car.

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Reviewed by
Melanie

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 02, 2020
Rated 5.0

Worth the stop! Not only is this a piece of art that everyone needs to see but the view beyond the statue is breathtaking! There were multiple areas for the dogs to get out of the car and just run around (on a leash) and entire property including the restrooms were well maintained.

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Reviewed by
Miriam

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 27, 2020
Rated 5.0

What a VIEW!! The Dignity statue is beautiful! What a wonderful stop! Completely worth the time to relax eat lunch or a snack and even do a little walk.

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Reviewed by
rxengineer

  • 16 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 07, 2020
Rated 5.0

A beautiful statue with pretty scenery. It’s a great place to stop after being on the road.

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Reviewed by
fajitasmama

  • 6 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 06, 2020
Rated 4.0

Situated at a rest stop, overlooking the Missouri River from a hilltop, this is a really nice place to stop and take a break. She is off to the side, so there’s plenty of room to see her away from the people headed to the bathroom. She’s really worth the stop- day or night, since they light her up then.

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Dignity Statue

Chamberlain, South Dakota
57325 USA

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