South Dakotan Bill Groethe has been a professional photographer since age 10. Groethe's love of photography led to a career of capturing images of people in love - he became a wedding photographer. However, it was Groethe's desire to shoot something different that changed his life.
While attending the dedication of Crazy Horse Mountain in 1948, Groethe snapped a picture of the last survivors of The Battle of Little Bighorn. The photograph of the eight Native Americans quickly became a part of our history - and is on display at the Smithsonian.
Today, South Dakotans celebrate and honor Groethe's famous photo - by dedicating September 2, as Groethe Day. Independent producer Jim Kent frames this portrait of a man named Bill. … Back to Article
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