Week 3 Activity 2
Updated: 5/30/2020
Week 3 Activity 2
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Devils Tower, Wyoming

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  • We will be using this to climb!
  • This is Devils Tower, Wyoming, a sacred site for many Indian tribes. The Lakota people arguably had the strongest connection to the tower.
  • Yeah, but climbing is spiritual for us as well.
  • This is our sacred land! It is very spiritual to us!
  • The Lakota were known to fast and pray at the tower. Also, it is told that they would perform ceremonies there. An example is their Sun Dance. A healing ceremony was also done which was conducted by spirits. They consider the tower the birth of wisdom.
  • We will sue the National Park Service! This is not fair!
  • Unfortunately for the Lakota people, there were outsiders coming to use the tower for climbing and hiking because the tower had a good surface for it. The Lakota people were outraged as they were interfering with their sacred space.
  • The outsiders tried to argue that climbing was something spiritual for them as well, matching the main reason the Lakota people were providing.
  • After the National Park Service got involved, they banned climbing during the month of June so that the Lakota can perform their rituals in peace. Unfortunately, the climbers were relentless and went on to sue the National Park Service.
  • Fortunately for the Lakota people, the National Park Serviced deemed the banning of climbing constitutional. They were protecting the rights of the Lakota people by protecting their rituals.
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