Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

 A young Oglala Sioux girl stands on the porch of her home on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Tornadoes that devastated the county in the summer of 1999 destroyed over 150 homes, and many still live in the temporary emergency trailers provided by FEMA in the storm's aftermath.

A young Oglala Sioux girl stands on the porch of her home on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Tornadoes that devastated the county in the summer of 1999 destroyed over 150 homes, and many still live in the temporary emergency trailers provided by FEMA in the storm's aftermath.

 Oglala Sioux teenagers mingle during an impromptu Rodeo on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Oglala Sioux teenagers mingle during an impromptu Rodeo on the Pine Ridge reservation.

 A young couple shares a ride.

A young couple shares a ride.

 Visitors watch as Oglala Sioux children ride in on their horses for the opening ceremonies at the Pine Ridge Powwow. 

Visitors watch as Oglala Sioux children ride in on their horses for the opening ceremonies at the Pine Ridge Powwow. 

 Eagle feathers at the Pine Ridge Powwow opening ceremonies.

Eagle feathers at the Pine Ridge Powwow opening ceremonies.

 Pine Ridge Powwow opening ceremonies.

Pine Ridge Powwow opening ceremonies.

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 Native groups from across the country come to perform at the Pine Ridge Powwow.

Native groups from across the country come to perform at the Pine Ridge Powwow.

 Hand and drum.

Hand and drum.

 Drumming, chanting, sweating.

Drumming, chanting, sweating.

 On our way to Mt. Rushmore we stumbled across bikers from the Sturgis Bike festival. We had shared an airport shuttle with a few of them but had no real idea the swarm they created across every major landmark in the entire Great Plains.

On our way to Mt. Rushmore we stumbled across bikers from the Sturgis Bike festival. We had shared an airport shuttle with a few of them but had no real idea the swarm they created across every major landmark in the entire Great Plains.

 Crazy Horse monument, South Dakota. Controversy has surrounded the project since work on the massive sculpture was started in 1948. It represents the second time mountains in the black hills--holy land and burial grounds of the Sioux--have been carved out for monuments, after Mount Rushmore.

Crazy Horse monument, South Dakota. Controversy has surrounded the project since work on the massive sculpture was started in 1948. It represents the second time mountains in the black hills--holy land and burial grounds of the Sioux--have been carved out for monuments, after Mount Rushmore.

 Local rodeo in Worden, Montana.

Local rodeo in Worden, Montana.

 Hooves and dust. Worden, Montana

Hooves and dust. Worden, Montana

 Practice. Worden, Montana

Practice. Worden, Montana

 Roped. Worden, Montana

Roped. Worden, Montana

 Local rodeo staff before kicking off the events in Worden, Montana.

Local rodeo staff before kicking off the events in Worden, Montana.

 National Anthem. Worden, Montana

National Anthem. Worden, Montana

 Pawn shop outside of Billings, Montana.

Pawn shop outside of Billings, Montana.

 Sunset at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

Sunset at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

 Cody Rodeo, Wyoming.

Cody Rodeo, Wyoming.

 Entrance to the Buffalo Bill Cody Reservoir, as seen from the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

Entrance to the Buffalo Bill Cody Reservoir, as seen from the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

 Riders converse before their events at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

Riders converse before their events at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

 Bucked from a Bronco. Cody, Wyoming.

Bucked from a Bronco. Cody, Wyoming.

 Roping at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

Roping at the Cody Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming.

 A horse fan at the Cody Rodeo. Cody, Wyoming.

A horse fan at the Cody Rodeo. Cody, Wyoming.

 Getting ready to ride. Cody, Wyoming.

Getting ready to ride. Cody, Wyoming.

 Airborne. Cody, Wyoming.

Airborne. Cody, Wyoming.