Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Site dedication Aug. 26

A dedication ceremony for the Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark will be held on Friday, Aug. 26. Events will begin at 10 a.m. at the Porcupine Ranger Station located three miles north of Hwy. 14A on Forest Road 13 in the Bighorn National Forest.

The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark was expanded by an additional 4,000 acres (from 110 acres) to include part of Medicine Mountain. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the expansion of this Bighorn Mountains site in July. It also got a new name: Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark.

This is a sacred site to Native Americans.

Performers at the ceremony include J.D. Old Mouse, the Crow Drum Group, and a Gourd Dance by Northern Cheyenne tribal members.

Lunch will be provided at noon and there is a site visit to the Medicine Wheel at 2 p.m. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in Lovell at the Lovell Community Center.

FMI: Dave McKee, 307-674-2636 or Holly Wardell, 307-674-2655.

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