2019 Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor
The 25th Annual Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor will be held on August 31, 2019 at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor, Montana. The Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:00 p.m. when the park closes. There will be a free buffalo feed, a Crow drum and dance group, speakers and presentation, a Push Dance contest, veteran honor guard, and silent auction. For those looking for an early morning activity, there will be a Fun Run at 7:00 a.m.
Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor
FREE and Open to the Public
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Chief Plenty Coups State Park
1 Pryor Creek Road
Pryor, MT 59066
For more information, call 406-252-1289; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor Activities
Free Fun Run at 7:00 a.m.
Free Buffalo Feast
Push Dance Contest
Crow Drum and Dance Group
Special Speakers & Presentations
Veteran Honor Guard
Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor Mini Gallery
Visitors to the annual Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor will step into a bit of history at the event. They can tour the home where the last traditional chief of the Crow Nation lived. Visitors will hear stories about Chief Plenty Coups and the Crow people. In prior years, the 195-acre state park, which sits 40 miles south of Billings, has drawn a crowd of more than 100 people to hear talks, eat fry bread, buy Native jewelry or attend a buffalo feast, poke their heads inside a teepee or step into the visitor center to learn about the Crow chief.
Chief Plenty Coups’ homestead was dedicated as a peace park in 1928. But the idea for it came to the Crow leader back in the 1880s, when he and other tribal leaders visited Mount Vernon, home to President George Washington, said park manager Chris Dantic.
When Chief Plenty Coups heard how the home of the “great white leader” was open to the public, it inspired him to do something similar. He wanted to leave his land, his homestead, as a park — not just to Crow people but to everyone — since the the chief was a man of peace, bringing people together. He wanted to make sure it was shared by all cultures. The No. 1 comment at this park is about its peacefulness and the serenity. With little changed on the hilly land that surrounds the park, it’s not hard to imagine it in the time of Chief Plenty Coups.
About the Park
Chief Plenty Coups State Park is a cultural and historical state park located in Pryor, MT within the Crow Indian Reservation, just 35 miles south of Billings. Chief Plenty Coups (Aleek-chea-ahoosh, meaning “many achievements”) was the last traditional chief of the Crow Tribe and his home is now a National Historic Landmark. Upon Chief Plenty Coups’ death in 1932, 190 acres of his land was turned into a public park. This decision was made by Chief Plenty Coups and his wife, Strikes the Iron. The park is a day use park where people can see and walk around his log home, sacred spring, and homestead. There is also a visitor center with exhibits about Chief Plenty Coups and the history of the Crow People as well as a gift shop. There is a 3/4 mile trail around the park along beautiful Pryor Creek. The tranquil, shaded picnic area is a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch and absorb the serenity of this special place.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Chief Plenty Coups Day of Honor on Saturday df Labor Day Weekend at Chief Plenty Coups State Park in Pryor, Montana.
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