The history of the Black Hills goes back thousands of years and has significant meaning to indigenous people. In 2015, the Sanford Underground Research Facility built the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center to commemorate the city of Lead, South Dakota, and its rich mining history, while highlighting today’s scientific discoveries. Now, SURF is taking a step to recognize the diversity of the many peoples who have and do call this place home. We are creating an ethnobotanical garden, Cangleska Wakan, as a way to better understand the Indigenous cultures of the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa.
Our design plan is complete! We now have a 100% design for the Sacred Circle Garden and we are raising funds to meet our $800,000 financial goal. Once the project is complete, we plan to host a dedication ceremony to introduce the Garden.
We are over halfway there. We have reached $448,772.00 of $800,000.00.
Above all, this is a place for everyone. Cangleska Wakan will serve as a space to understand our environment in order to protect and respect our living landscape.