"When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything."  -Black Elk

For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

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2023 Artist In Residence

Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply for this summer's Artist-In-Residence program! All artistic mediums are welcome to apply.

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Park Video

Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy is a 22-minute movie about the cultural significance of the pipestone quarries and the sacred pipe.

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Affiliated Tribal Nations

Learn more about the 23 Tribal Nations that engage in government-to-government consultation with the Monument.

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Things To Do

Demonstrations, exhibits, special events, programs, self-guided tours, Jr. Ranger programs, and more

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Quarrying Pipestone

How to get a permit and the process behind quarrying pipestone

Last updated: March 11, 2023

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36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164


507 825-5464 x214

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