Near Sturgis in Meade County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Sacred Mountain of the Plains Indians
Mato Paha (Sioux) "Bear Mountain"
Here the Cheyenne Prophet, Sweet Medicine, received the 4 sacred arrows, the 4 Commandments, and a moral code.
Here the Sioux Worshipped Wankan Tanka and paid tribute to the Spiritual Ruler.
To this day the Indians still make their visits and pray at their sacred mountain.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 44° 28.059′ N, 103° 25.258′ W. Marker is near Sturgis, South Dakota, in Meade County. Marker is on South Dakota Route 79. Located at the Bear Butte State Park near the Education Center. Bear Butte State Park is open year round. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20250 Hwy 79, Sturgis SD 57785, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bear Butte (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bear Butte (here, next to this marker); Lakota Holy Man, Visionary, Ambassador, Healer and StorytellerCapt. William F. Raynolds (here, next to this marker); Thomas E. Odell (here, next to this marker); Dr. F. V. Hayden (here, next to this marker); Camp J.G. Sturgis / Scooptown (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Bear Butte (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturgis.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.