State History: Lovell Wyoming Indian Medicine Wheel

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Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin is full of astounding history including the Lovell Wyoming Indian Medicine Wheel Mountain. This Medicine Wheel is a National Historic Landmark located at an elevation of 9,642 feet near the height of the Bighorn Mountains of north central Wyoming. It sits atop a rolling limestone plateau 30 miles east of Lovell, Wyoming and 12 miles south of the Montana border. The medicine wheel mountain is a prehistoric archeological landscape and an ancient Native American spiritual site where tribal ceremonies continue. This historic value greatly influenced public land management in Wyoming.

The Medicine Wheel was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 due to unparalleled scientific research value and heavy support of influencial Wyoming politicians. In 2011, the Landmark boundaries were substantially enlarged from 110 to 4,080 acres in response to an accumulating body of ethnographic information regarding Native American traditional cultural use of the  Medicine Wheel and the surrounding landscape.

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