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Climbers Ignore Native Americans’ Request At Devils Tower

Waylon Black Crow Senior standing with Lakota youth runners at the Belle Fourche River campground. CREDIT MAGGIE MULLEN
By Maggie Mullen

Editor’s note: This story originally aired on June 30, 2017

Throughout the month of June, the National Park Service asks visitors to refrain from climbing Devils Tower to respect American Indian ceremonies. However, the closure is voluntary and the number of climbers in June has been on a steady rise in recent years.