The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
The National Park Service is a bureau within the Department of the Interior. While numerous national park system units were created prior to 1916, it was not until August 25, 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act formally establishing the National Park Service.
The national park system continues to grow and comprises 401 park units covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These units include, but are not limited to, national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. The variety and diversity of park units throughout the nation require a strong commitment to resource stewardship and management to ensure both the protection and enjoyment of these resources for future generations.
The arrowhead was authorized as the official National Park Service emblem by the Secretary of the Interior on July 20, 1951. The sequoia tree and bison represent vegetation and wildlife, the mountains and water represent scenic and recreational values, and the arrowhead represents historical and archeological values
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Cemetery was originally established as a national cemetery by the Secretary of War January 29, 1879, to protect graves of 7th Cavalry troopers buried there; proclaimed National Cemetery of Custer's Battlefield Reservation to include burials of other campaigns and wars December 7, 1886; Reno-Benteen Battlefield added April 14, 1926; transferred from the War Department July 1, 1940 and redesignated Custer Battlefield National Monument March 22, 1946; renamed Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument December 10th, 1991. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument manages 765.34 Federal Acres
Did You Know?
The Battle of the Little Bighorn did not end on top of Last Stand Hill as been traditionally suggested. According to warrior accounts the fight ended in a ravine, 300-400 yards below the hill known today as Deep Ravine.