There are almost 400 sites in the U.S. National Park system, including parks, monuments, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores and recreation areas. Not all of them have a direct connection to American Indian culture and history, but most do, and most aren’t doing a good job of telling those stories. But some are. Here’s a sampling of sites, roughly from the Great Lakes to the Rockies, that are doing a good—or at least better—job of telling the complete history of their site.
• Badlands National Park, South Unit (South Dakota)
• Cook Collection, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument (Nebraska)
• Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa)
• Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (Montana-North Dakota)
• Grand Portage National Monument (Minnesota)
• Knife River Indian Villages (North Dakota)
• Nez Perce National Historic Park (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington)
• Pipestone National Monument (Minnesota)
• Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (Colorado)
• Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (many states)
• Frijole Ranch, Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)
• Mammoth Hot Springs Visitor Center, Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
• Persimmon Gap Visitor Center, Big Bend National Park (Texas)
For our feature story on U.S. national parks that lack information about American Indians, click here.