Resources to learn more about the Oglala Lakota Sioux and American Indians:
Things to see in your free time in South Dakota:
Below are a few destinations you may want to visit near Porcupine, as well as several places to see if you choose to extend your stay a few days and vacation in the beautiful state of South Dakota.
- Wounded Knee (8 miles from Porcupine). A memorial stands over the mass grave, with museum on site.
Wounded Knee History: On December 29, 1890, the United States 7th Cavalry killed more than 300 men, women and children who were being relocated to the Sioux reservation at Pine Ridge. In 1973 the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Knee in protest against the federal government and its policies related to Native Americans. They began the occupation on February 27. A 71-day standoff between federal authorities and the AIM ensued. The militants surrendered on May 8.
- Oglala Lakota College (OLC) Piya Wiconi Cultural Center (23 miles from Porcupine): A museum at Piya Wiconi (the administrative headquarters for OLC) in Kyle, SD, contains a beautiful display of artwork and a narrated history of the Lakota, ending with a video about the Oglala Lakota College system.
- Badlands National Park (64 miles from Porcupine): The Lakota gave this its name, "mako sica," meaning "land bad." Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with prairie. Bison, bighorn sheep, endangered black-footed ferrets, and swift fox roam one of the largest, protected mixed-grass prairies in the United States.
- Wall Drug (93 miles from Porcupine): The Wall Drug Store got its start during the Depression years by offering Free Ice Water to thirsty travelers. From the beginning in 1931 to today, the family-owned and run business continues what their reputation was and is built on — giving friendly service to the public! Want South Dakota t-shirts and souvenirs? You’ll be able to find it at Wall Drug.
- Wounded Knee: The Museum: Located in Wall, South Dakota. This narrative museum tells the story of a small band of Lakota families who became the focus of the last major military operation of the U.S. Army in its centuries-long effort to subdue the Native American tribes. Exhibits and photographs provide a vivid picture of events surrounding the Wounded Knee Massacre.
- Rapid City (84 miles from Porcupine): Centrally located in the Black Hills, Rapid City is a vacation destination for family vacations offering a variety of shopping, dining, attractions and outdoor recreation.
- Prairie Edge: Located in downtown Rapid City, Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries features the finest collection of Native American art, crafts, books, music and cultural artifact reproductions. This native arts and crafts store serves as a venue for regional American Indian artists, as well as a few Non-Native American artists, to share the inspirational beauty of this amazing culture.
- Black Hills (2 ½ hours from Pine Ridge): Black Hills National Forest stretches for 1.2 million acres, offering outdoor adventure like hiking, biking and camping amidst stunning scenery. Find grassy mountain meadows, towering granite peaks, deep canyons, cascading trout streams and clear, clean lakes. The Lakota Sioux named the area Paha Sapa or Black Hills because a thick forest of pine and spruce trees cover the slopes making them appear black from a distance.
- Crazy Horse Memorial: Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial June 3, 1948. The Memorial's mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians.
- Mt. Rushmore: "The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt." - Gutzon Borglum.