Plenty Coups (Aleek-chea-ahoosh, meaning "many achievements") was a man of war - and then a man of peace - whose vision has helped bridge a gap between two cultures. Recognized for his bravery and leadership, he was made a chief of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe by age 28.
When Plenty Coups gave up his nomadic ways in 1884, he became one of the first Apsáalooke to own and settle on a farm, which was deeded to him through the federal Indian Allotment Act. On his 320-acre tract, located a half mile east of Pryor, he opened a general store, built a home, and tilled the earth until his death in 1932 at age 84.
At that time, as requested by Plenty Coups and his wife, Strikes the Iron, 195 acres of his land was made into a public park. Upon his death, the Apsáalooke people voted to designate him as their last traditional tribal chief.
Situated within the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana, 40 minutes south of Billings, this day-use park preserves the log home, sacred spring, and farmstead of Chief Plenty Coups. Plan at least an hour to walk the grounds and browse through the visitor center that commemorates the life of this remarkable man and his efforts to lead his people in adopting the lifestyle of the white man. The tranquil, shaded picnic area is a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch and absorb the serenity of this special place.
For more information about Chief Plenty Coups State Park, read A Place of Peace.
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For over six hundred years, Indians stampeded buffalo over the mile-long cliff. Now, the top of the jump provides expansive panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain Front, the Missouri River valley, and the buttes and grasslands that characterize this High Plains setting. Plan at least a two-hour stop in this day-use-only park.
Montana State Parks, in cooperation with the public, developed the park management plan. The plan focuses staff efforts on managing the park's natural and cultural resources, visitor services, park infrastructure, tourism, and educational programs.
For more information about First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park, read Where the Buffalo Fell, a 2003 Montana Outdoors article.
When traveling between Cascade and Great Falls on I-15, tune your radio to 1610 AM to hear some interesting facts about the park.
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The North Shore Conservation Easement lands provide big, game, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities. For more information look at the hunting map and regulations.
To learn more about the park, read Gushing Over Giant Springs.
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This Indian Education For All lesson plan is designed for 11th and 12th graders.
Educators, this Indian Education For All Lesson Plan contains Social Studies and Language Arts content for 4th graders.
Park and Visitor Center Hours:
April - May: Park hours are 10am - 6pm (7 days a week). Visitor Center hours 10am - 5pm (7 days a week)
May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day)through Labor Day the park will be open from 8am to 8pm daily - 7 days a week. The Park will be open both Memorial Day (May 28)and Labor Day (September 3). Visitor Center hours during this time will be from 9am - 7pm (7 days a week).
October through March, Park open 10 AM-5 PM, Visitor Center open 10 AM-4 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.
For more information about archaeology and artwork images from the caves, visit www.pictographcave.org.
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