Sitting Bull College opens new visitor’s centerJul 1st, 2013 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
On May 15, Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) held an open house for a new visitor information center located adjacent to the Standing Rock National Native American Scenic Byway.
Highlights of the open house included a ribbon cutting at the visitor center’s Medicine Wheel Park by Charles Murphy, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Dr. Laurel Vermillion, president of SBC. The ribbon-cutting was followed by a flute performance by musician Kevin Locke, who is recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a master traditional artist.
The Sitting Bull Visitor Information Center operated by SBC will offer travelers useful information regarding places to visit and special events, and it will house a gift shop that will sell a variety of authentic American Indian arts and crafts and other unique merchandise.
The Visitor Center is also the new home to the Standing Rock Tribal Tourism Office, operated by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The office offers individualized tours on a first-come, first-serve basis and reservations are recommended. Narrated tours are given along the scenic byway in both North and South Dakota. Stops include Sitting Bull’s burial site, the Standing Rock Monument, the Standing Rock tribal administration building, the new visitor information center, and other points of interest.