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Bear Butte Education Center [SD]

Bear Butte has a human history of more than 10,000 years. The site has long been considered sacred by select Native American groups, and the Lakota and Cheyenne still visit the site to worship. Aside from the mountain's significance to the Native American population, the landmark served as a guide for prospectors entering the Black Hills after Lt. Colonel George A. Custer's discovery of area gold deposits in 1874.

The center offers exhibits on the geology and history of the mountain, as well as the beliefs of the Northern Plains peoples—particularly the Cheyenne and Lakota. Note that a buffalo herd lives near the butte. Visitors are asked to keep their distance from the buffalo for their personal safety.