This report was commissioned by the National Park Service [in early] 1990 to document those values held by Indian peoples who consider Devils Tower important to their [cultural] traditions. The study is one of many undertaken to inventory the wide range of resources (natural, historic, archeological, ethnographic) that are found on park lands. Results of studies like these are fully considered in resource management plans, park interpretive or educational programs, and in the day-to-day operations of parks.
Most recently, this Ethnographic Overview and Assessment was used to help identify those American Indian communities that would have interest in a climbing management plan being prepared by Monument staff. The study will be used further to help direct the Monument's effort to incorporate American Indian perspectives in its public education program. Most importantly, the study is one factor that has led to a productive working relationship between a number of tribal governments and the Monument.
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, "Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming" (1997). Natural Resources-Planning, Management, and Conservation. Paper 4.