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    Badlands

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Rockyford School Students Raise Tipi at Badlands

Rockyford School students set up the park's tipi.
Rockyford School students assist Ranger Ellen Conroy in setting up the park's tipi.
Sara Feldt - NPS Photo

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News Release Date: May 22, 2009
Contact: Judy Olson, (605) 433-5240

Students from Rockyford Elementary School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation spent the day experiencing the wonders of Badlands National Park with Park Ranger Ellen Conroy. On May 6, 2009, the students came to the park on a field trip to learn how to set up a Lakota style tipi. Twenty-five 7th grade students from the science and social studies classes participated in the event.

The students carried the poles and canvas to the tipi location, set up and raised the tripod and arranged the remaining poles before setting the canvas in place. During the lesson the students learned how to work as a team as well as learning the steps of setting up a tipi in the Lakota style. Ellen is a seasonal interpreter at Badlands National Park near Interior, SD.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabins

The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.