December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Badlands Heritage Celebration
Contact: Aaron Kaye, 605-433-5243
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Badlands National Park’s Division of Resource Education will hold the 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration on Saturday, July 31, 2010, from 9:30am to approximately 11:00pm. Activities will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee.
Traditional Lakota music and dance performances will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants include: Robert Two Crow as the Master of Ceremonies; Dallas Chief Eagle will be hoop dancing; Jeanne Bedell will explain cradleboards; Michael He Crow will demonstrate flint knapping, bow making, and the use of an atlatl; Guest speaker, Donovin Sprague will be give a talk entitled “From Lewis & Clark to Wounded Knee” at 7:00 p.m. The Badlands Night Sky Program will be presented by a Park Ranger at 9:00 p.m., followed by opportunities for visitors to experience the Badlands night sky using park telescopes and binoculars.
A Bison Box program, exploring the traditional uses of the bison, will be presented at the tipi camp located next to the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Native American artists will demonstrate and share their traditions throughout the day. Art and craft items will also be available for purchase.
This event is made possible through funding from Badlands Natural History Association, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Badlands National Park established a partnership in 1976 with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, sharing lands, specifically the South Unit, and splitting entrance fees. 50% of the fees collected in the park are transferred to the tribe for resource management and recreation projects.