Native American History

Robin N.

I've worked as an interpreter/ranger for over 20 years in the Columbia River Gorge, which divides Oregon and Washington.
Experience Crazy Horse Memorial

November 25, 2009, 7:35 am
Crazy Horse Memorial, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, is being sculpted in-the-round and is the world’s largest ongoing mountain carving. This massive memorial is meant to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of all Native American tribes. Once completed, it will be 641 feet long by ...

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Indians return to Alcatraz 40 years later

November 23, 2009, 6:21 am
On the night of Nov. 20, 1969, two rented boats filled with activists billing themselves "Indians of All Tribes" pulled ashore on Alcatraz. The lone inhabitant, a caretaker of the island's empty federal prison, offered no resistance beyond a few startled shouts.Saturday, a handful of those initial occupiers and ...

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Celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

November 13, 2009, 8:28 am
Celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and New York City.Special event throughout November include a National Potluck Dinner to a special float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and family fun days at the museum. Our ...

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Discover American Indian Heritage at Badlands National Park

November 13, 2009, 8:06 am
The stunning panorama of Badlands National Park rests just an hour east of Rapid City, South Dakota.This 244,000-acre landscape is both barren and beautiful. Wind and rain erosion have created an eerie moonscape of deep gorges and jagged sawtooth ridges with rock layers painted in subtle hues of sand, ...

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Top 10: Parks with American Indian Significance

November 12, 2009, 12:54 pm
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, OhRanger.com has compiled a list of the Top 10 National Parks with American Indian and Alaska Native significance. Many of our parks are rich in history so in order to better appreciate the public lands that we visit, we must understand their ...

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Are the crowds volume down from Sept. 1 -14 in Grand Teton National Forest and where in Teton Village is the BEST place to stay Four star
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Visitation to Grand Teton National Park peaks during the summer but is also extremely popular during the transition to fall. After Labor Day, total visitation ebbs slightly; however, the type of visitor is drastically different. With kids back in school, you'll find that there are families and more DINKs (Dual Income No Kids), recent college graduates, empty nesters and baby boomers.

Teton Village is home to many fine properties and you shouldn't have a problem finding a room if you book in advance. We have a few favorites:

Hotel Terra is the first of a line of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra Jackson Hole offers the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices. The property is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, placing it in an elite group of hotels in the United States. Hotel Terra pushes its efforts well beyond LEED criteria, however,  has taken a leadership role in defining eco-friendly efforts to preserve and protect the environment in its operations while still offering an opulent hotel experience for guests. Learn more about Hotel Terra and its commitment to the environment at www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com.

 Just around the corner from the Terra is the Snake River Lodge & Spa where you'll be warmly welcomed. The lodge, part of the Rock Resorts is rustically elegant and fits seamlessly with the Teton landscape. Recently renovated, Snake River Lodge & Spa boats beautifully appointed rooms and condomiums which will be a welcome retreat after a long day of hiking, skiing, golfing or exploring the Jackson Fall Arts Festival, which takes place from September 10-20 (www.jacksonholewy.com/events-fall-arts-festival.php). You'll look forward to relaxing in the property's indoor/outdoor heated pool, with cascading waterfalls, warmed walkways, a hot tub tucked into a steam-filled cave, and a sauna. Visit snakeriverlodge.rockresorts.com for more information.

Don't rule out staying in the park–Jenny Lodge is located across the water from majestic Cascade Canyon and offers an exclusive environment with 37 rustically elegant log cabins. The main lodge, a recently renovated log structure, has inviting sitting areas with books and games for guests to enjoy. As the only 4-diamond eco-resort in the Park, Jenny Lake Lodge is ideal for those who seek the finest service and lodging, while still enjoying a National Park vacation. Each of the rustically elegant cabin rooms are well appointed with hand-made quilts, down comforters, and unique Western charm. The cabins are open from early June to early October. Breakfast and dinner, along with horseback and bicycle riding, are included in the room rate. To book a room, visit http://www.gtlc.com/lodging/jenny-lake-lodge-overview.aspx


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Ideas to spout as Smith trail becomes national park

October 12, 2009, 7:52 am
Get out your sharpest crayons and get ready to color outside the lines, if you like.The National Park Service is looking for guidance on how to transform the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail from an act of Congress into the nation's first national park with liquid rather ...

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speaking engagements of Dr. Gerad Baker, Supt of Mt Rushmore
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I spoke with Superintendent Gerard Baker's assistant, as he's traveling this week and she'd be happy to provide you with details or answer your questions directly. You can reach her via email at the following address: lana_huber@nps.gov

Also, during the summer months, there's a Heritage Village at Mount Rushmore, with presentations happening throughout the week. This three Tipi village located at the base of Mount Rushmore along the Presidential Trail hosts 2,500 to 3,000 people a day. Park rangers are stationed there seven days a week 8:00 am - 4:30 pm from the end of May through September to answer questions and interact with park visitors. Elders from the neighboring tribes affiliated with the sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills) periodically come and share their stories and traditions too!  

I hope you'll have a great time in Mount Rushmore.  Be sure to check out some of the other parks in the Black Hills area. If you can manage a trip to the Badlands, it will be well worth the drive. Be sure to come back to OhRanger.com and share your experience with the rest of our community of park-lovers!  

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