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Monday, June 14 - Chamberlain, South Dakota

We stopped in Chamberlain to see the Akta Lakota Museum which features the history, art and culture of the Lakota Sioux peoples of South Dakota. We bought a CD of Indian flute and drum music at the gift shop. After a South Dakota burger (buffalo meat) at the Anchor Grille we drove along the Native American Scenic Byway between Chamberlain and Pierre. Off and on the river (Lake Francis Case here, and Lake Sharpe further up) came into view and it was a beautiful sight as we were high up looking down on it.

Lake Francis Case

Curious Horses

Most of the driving today was through Sioux Indian Reservations and portions of the Fort Pierre National Grassland. Horses were more prevalent than cattle. We saw our first prairie dogs today. As we were driving along I noticed circles of dirt in the pastures and couldn't figure out what I was seeing until I saw the little prairie dogs sitting up. We saw a lot of yucca growing today, especially where the soil was bad.

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Related Links

Akta Lakota Sioux Museum & Cultural Center.

The Native American Scenic Biway

Fort Pierre National Grassland

Trails and Grasslands website