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The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground


The Lakotas and The Black Hills

Campbell County Rockpile Museum to host a virtual Black & Yellow Theatre: Voices of the Powder River Basin program February 19th featuring author, Jeffrey Ostler and his book The Lakotas and The Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum invites the public to join us virtually via Facebook and YouTube for The Lakotas and The Black Hills.  This Black & Yellow Theatre: Voices of the Powder River Basin Virtual Program will feature special guest author, Jeffrey Ostler. This LIVE program will be broadcast on Monday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm (Mountain) via the Rockpile Museum’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

The Lakota have long made their home in the majestic Black Hills, drawing on the endless bounty for physical and spiritual sustenance. The arrival of Settlers brought the Lakotas into inexorable conflict with the changing world, at a time when their tribal nation would produce some of the most famous Native Americans in history, including Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse. Jeffrey Ostler’s powerful history of the Lakota struggle captures the heart of a people whose deep relationship with their homeland would compel them to fight for it against overwhelming odds, on battlefields as varied as the Little Bighorn and the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court.

Jeffrey Ostler is Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon, where he teaches courses on the history of the American West and American Indian history. His books include The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee, published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the recipient of the Caughey Prize for the best book in Western History from the Western History Association; and The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground, published by Viking Press in 2010; and Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas, also supported by the NEH and published in 2019 by Yale University Press. Ostler resides on the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people in what is now the state of Oregon.

The Rockpile Museum has a limited number of Professor Ostler’s book, The Lakotas and The Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground for sale in the Gift Shop. The Museum and Gift Shop are open Monday through Saturday, 8am – 5pm, Rockpile Museum Association members receive a discount on all Gift Shop purchases.

The Lakotas and the Black Hills

Valentine Crafts-To-Go!

NOW Until the Bags are Gone

The Campbell County Rockpile Museum announces the final Winter Family Day series event, Valentine Crafts-To-Go. Starting NOW, children ages 5-12 years are invited to stop by the museum pick-up a craft bag. Bags contain a variety of supplies to create two valentine themed crafts and an old-fashioned style valentine card. Supplies are limited, so get your bag early.

Children do not need to be present when picking up the bag.

For additional information about programs and events at the Rockpile Museum, please call (307) 682-5723, email us at, or find us on social media. The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is located at 900 W. 2nd Street in Gillette, Wyoming.

This program is made possible in part through funding from the Campbell County One Percent sales tax.

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