Sal's Journey to the Badlands
Kevin John Conte
History of the Badlands
The Badlands have sharply eroded buttes, gullies, and ridges. The Badlands are cut from deep alluvial and volcanic ash deposits that have been sculptured into fantastic forms by the continuous winds and water falling infrequent but torrential downpours.
- Encompassing territory originally held by the Sioux Nation of Plains Indians.
- It contains 244,000 acres of untouched wilderness, including visually striking hills and valleys, along with grass prairie.
- The park as notably the American bison and smaller animals such as the badger and black tailed prairie dog. since 1994 the park has served as the site for the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered animals in the world.
- The Lakota indians believe the ghost dance pushed the white men out of the park.
Badlands Native americans
American Indians used this sacred land, which provided both physical and spiritual sustenance, as hunting grounds. American Indians have had a presence in the area now known as the Badlands for more than 11,000 years. The little-studied paleo-Indians arrived first, followed by the Arikara. 150 years ago, the Great Sioux Nation, consisting of seven bands including the Oglala Lakota, moved into the area. They found the Arikara and forced them northward.