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Volume 4 October, 2011

National Parks that Best Tell American Indian Culture and History
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/08/48992/  
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 Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Park

There are almost 400 sites in the U.S. National Park system, including parks, monuments, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores and recreation areas. Not all of them have a direct connection to American Indian culture and history, but most do, and most aren't doing a good job of telling those stories. But some are. Here's a sampling of sites, roughly from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, that are doing a goodóor at least betterójob of telling the complete history of their site.

There are almost 400 sites in the U.S. National Park system, including parks, monuments, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores and recreation areas. Not all of them have a direct connection to American Indian culture and history, but most do, and most aren't doing a good job of telling those stories. But some are. Here's a sampling of sites, roughly from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, that are doing a goodóor at least betterójob of telling the complete history of their site.

Best National Parks That Tell American Indian Culture and History

Effigy Mounds National Monument
www.nps.gov/efmo/index.htm
Iowa

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail www.nps.gov/trte/index.htm
Many States

Grand Portage National Monument 
www.nps.gov/grpo/index.htm
Minnesota  

Nez Perce National Historic Park 
www.nps.gov/nepe/index.htm  
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

Badlands National Park South Unit
www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
South Dakota

Cook Collection
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument 
www.nps.gov/
 Nebraska
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
www.nps.gov/fous/index.htm
Montana-North Dakota
Pipestone National Monument  
www.nps.gov/pipe/index.htm
Minnesota
Knife River Indian Villages
www.nps.gov/knri/index.htm
North Dakota

 

 Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
www.nps.gov/sand/index.htm
Colorado

 
 
Getting Better
 Persimmon Gap Visitor Center, Big Bend National Park
www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/pgapvc.htm
Texas
Mammoth Hot Springs Visitor Center, Yellowstone National Park
www.yellowstoneparknet.com/
Wyoming
Frijole Ranch. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
www.nps.gov/gumo/planyourvisit/frijole.htm
Texas
Mammoth Hot Springs Visitor Center Museum, Yellowstone National Park
www.yellowstoneparknet.com/
 Wyoming

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