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Reed Robinson, the new superintendent at Badlands National Park, is Lakota.
Reed Robinson, the new superintendent at Badlands National Park, is Lakota.
Badlands National Park photo
February 4, 2015

New Badlands Leader Strives For More Lakota Involvement

As the new Badlands National Park Deputy Superintendent, Reed Robinson plans to place more focus on Lakota culture, heritage, history and youth engagement, according to the news release announcing his move from Devil's Tower National Monument to Badlands. 

Robinson, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is a founding member of the National Park Service's Council for Indigenous Relevancy, Communication, Leadership, and Excellence, C.I.R.C.L.E. He is a 24-year veteran of the National Park Service and has been actively involved with the Badlands South Unit's General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP/EIS) since 2010. 

The South Unit of the park is within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The South Unit is co-managed with the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is proposed, under the 2012 GMP/EIS to become the first tribal national park in the nation.

Reed Robinson Badlands National Park

Reed Robinson

Robinson told South Dakota Public Radio that he is eager to reach out to the Oglala Sioux Tribe in planning celebrations of the NPS's 100th anniversary in 2016. Listen to the full interview online. 

Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the US. The Badlands Wilderness Area covers 64,000 acres and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America. 

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