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POmpeys Pillar National Monument
Release Date: 07/22/13
Contacts: Jeff Kitchens    
  Kristen Lenhardt    

BLM Hosts Annual Clark Days Celebration

The Bureau of Land Management is teaming up with the Friends of Pompeys Pillar National Monument to host its annual Clark Days celebration July 27 - 28 at Pompeys Pillar National Monument east of Billings.  Activities begin Saturday evening and run through Sunday afternoon.  The theme for this year’s Clark Days is “Revisiting our Native Heritage.”  Speakers, presenters, musicians and dancers will tell the story of the various Native American tribes who frequented the region.

“We are really excited to celebrate the Native heritage and culture of Pompeys Pillar,” said Monument Manager Jeff Kitchens.  “The weekend will be mixed with fun activities and informative presentations for everyone.”  Furthermore, a big partner of the weekend’s activities is Billings Public Schools Indian Education Program.

Saturday July 27, 2013
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Kids/Family Events & Activities
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Walking Tacos & Ice Cream
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Native American Storytellers
9:00 pm – Ghost Stories by the Campfire
Free Overnight Camping (RV & Tent – No Hookups)

Sunday July 28, 2013
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Guided Bird Walk
7:00 am – 9:00 am – Huntley Project Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast
9:30 am – 10:30 am – Elk River Brigade & Flag Raising Ceremony
10:30 am – 2:30 pm – Historical Demonstrations, Booths, Displays, etc.
10:30 am and 12:00 p.m. – Barbara Loeb & Mardell Plainfeather Present
“The Woman Who Loved Mankind” (Amphitheater)
11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Food Will Be Served (Indian Tacos, Buffalo Burgers, & Ice Cream)
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm – Native American Music & Cultural Presentations (Main Stage)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Bob Garritson – Stone Age Technology (Amphitheater)

Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible of its actual route.  An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806.  The Pillar overlooks the Yellowstone River about 25 miles east of Billings, Montana. The area is easily accessible from Interstate 94, using exit 23, or from Montana Highway 312. More information on the national monument can be found at

For more information, please call the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center at (406) 815-2400. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at, on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @BLM_MTDKs.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 07-22-2013