National Parks and Native Trails of the Dakotas with Black Hills Pow Wow

9 days

National Parks and Native Trails of the Dakotas with Black Hills Pow Wow
This bespoke, culturally-rich itinerary supports the growth of indigenous tribal tourism in the USA , developed in collaboration with local communities in the Dakotas, for an authentic, one-of-a-kind insight into Native American history and heart. Through the power of storytelling through passionate locals you’ll meet, you’ll leave enlightened by your visits to four reservations of the Dakotas, as well as National Parks and monuments to discover first-hand the stark and rich history and future of the people that call it home. Packed with meaningful travel experiences, this is a must-book itinerary supporting culture and heritage of our important Tribal Nations and offers the unique experience of joining in on a traditional Pow Wow in the Black Hills.
Sightseeing highlights
  • See Dignity Statue, Sitting Bull & Sakakawea Monument
  • View Crow Flies High outlook, The Dignity statue, Sitting Bull and Sakakawea Monuments
  • Visit Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Rosebud Indian Reservation, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Fort Mandan, Oglala Lakota Living History Museum, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial, Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Scenic Drive to Badlands Loop Road Drive, Mobridge
  • Explore Stephen Yellowhawk in Rapid City, Marla C. Bull Bear in Pine Ridge, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Guide, Victor Douville Star Knowledge Presenter in Mission, MHA Guides at Earth Lodge Village
  • Visit Indigenous communities and learn, see & hear about history & traditions.
  • Connect with Locals during a lunch at Lakota Youth Development
  • Pierre: Unlock the best of Pierre, South Dakota over a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. There’s no better place to discover the town’s history than at the State Capitol. Learn how it was built in 1908 and June 30, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of the formal dedication. At this time, a time capsule was placed in a locked glass display case that you can have a look at. The capsule contains a South Dakota Quarter set from the U.S. Mint, Gov Rounds' 2010 State of the State Address, photos with personal messages from state and tribal officeholders, and several current newspapers from around the state, among other artefacts.
  • Fort Yates: Visit the Sitting Bull and Sakakawea Monuments set in a remote spot overlooking the Missouri River. At this monument sculpted by Korczak Ziolkowski, known for Crazy Horse Memorial, learn about what would later become known as "The Battle in the Dark." The monument remembers Chief Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Teton Sioux spiritual leader best known for his victory over George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In the 1870s, after Sitting Bull became a great spiritual leader, he organized a resistance movement against US expansion on treaty-reserved lands. But on December 15, 1890, nine years after surrendering to the US government, he was shot to death by Indian police.
  • Theodore Roosevelt South Unit: Located in western North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is dedicated to the preservation of the landscape that profoundly influenced the 26th President of the United States. The park is renowned for its stunning Badlands, diverse wildlife, and rich history associated with Roosevelt's time in the region. The park was established on November 10, 1978, and it encompasses approximately 70,000 acres divided into three separate units: the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. We visit the North and South Units.
Iconic Experience
  • Badlands National Park: Enjoy the spectacular sights as you make your way through Badlands Loop Road.
  • Black Hills: Unlock the history of Crazy Horse Memorial. Learn how construction began in 1948 after Henry Standing Bear, a Lakota elder, commissioned Korczak Ziolkowski, who worked on construction of Mount Rushmore. While the original idea was to carve a face into rock like Mount Rushmore, the monument will ultimately have a full body and horse. There is no completion date yet, but the face of Crazy Horse was completed in 1998 at 87 feet 6 inches (26.7 m) high. Enhance your visit exploring The Indian Museum of North America that is also part of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.
  • Chamberlain: The Dignity sculpture, a stunning combination of art and history. Specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people Dignity of Earth and Sky is a soaring sculpture of a native woman standing high on a bluff above the Missouri River.
  • Pierre: You'll travel through and past the different indigenous communities and reservations in South Dakota.
  • Theodore Roosevelt North Unit: Head to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park this morning, the less frequented part of the National Park that should not be missed. The scenic drive starts at the bottom of the badlands and crawls up out of the canyon to the North Unit's most iconic view, River Bend Overlook. Unusual yet totally fascinating geological formations like the cannon ball concretions can be seen and a high chance of wildlife like Bison and bighorn sheep.
Dive Into Culture
  • Pine Ridge Reservation: Learn the History of Wounded Knee as told by Warren Yellow Hair as you look upon where it happened. Listening to stories told from generation to generation will give you a perspective that cannot be gained from a history book but rather an authentic and emotional experience.
  • New Town: Enjoy a guided tour of the Earth Lodge Village and see how the MHA people used to live. You will also try your hand at archery and parfleche painting to gain a deeper understanding of the culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. This experience advances United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 10 & 11: Reduced Inequalities & Sustainable Cities and Communities.