• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Laws & Policies

Quarry Permits - Information on how to obtain permits to quarry for pipestone. Only members of tribes recognized by the U.S. Government may apply for quarry permits.

National Park Service Organic Act - This legislation created the National Park Service in 1916.

Pipestone National Monument Establishing Legislation - The law that created Pipestone National Monument also allows for ongoing quarrying by American Indians.

Firearms in National Parks - The law governing possession of firearms inside a National Park changed on February 22, 2010.

Did You Know?

George Catlin

George Catlin was the first European-American to visit the pipestone quarries at Pipestone National Monument in 1836. A geologist dubbed the soft clay stone "Catlinite" after Catlin sent it to him for analysis. More...