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Badlands White River Visitor Center to Host Heritage Celebration

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Date: July 16, 2013
Contact: Corbin Conroy, OSPRA, 605-455-2878
Contact: Aaron Kaye, Badlands National Park, 605-433-5243

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — The 5th Annual Badlands Heritage Celebration will be held at the White River Visitor Center in the South Unit of Badlands National Park on Saturday, July 20. The Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority (OSPRA) operate the visitor center and will be hosting the event. The celebration's activities will focus on traditional Native American songs, dances, and crafts, and are included in the park admission fee. Visitors can also enjoy exhibits and films about Lakota history and culture at the White River Visitor Center.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m., vendors and performers will be on site. The Grand Entry will begin at 1:00 p.m.

This event is made possible through funding from Badlands Natural History Association, Friends of the Badlands, South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, South Dakota Arts Council, Forever Resorts, OSPRA, and the National Park Service.

Badlands National Park's White River Visitor Center is located at the junction of BIA 27 and BIA 2, north of Rockyford, SD. Don't miss the opportunity to also visit the Ben Reifel Visitor Center, located 9 miles south of Exit 131 on I-90 and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, located in Cactus Flat, also off I-90 at Exit 131, adjacent to the Conoco gas station.

For information on lodging and camping in the park, refer to Cedar Pass Lodge or Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.

Did You Know?

Bison herd in the Badlands Wilderness Area

25% of Badlands National Park is a designated wilderness area. Established in 1976, the Badlands Wilderness Area consists of 64,144 acres of the largest prairie wilderness in the United States. Administered in two units, Sage Creek and Conata Basin, the area is open for backpacking and exploration.