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Dale R. Henning to Speak at Good Earth State Park

PIERRE, S.D. – Next week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) will host Dale R. Henning, PhD., for two evening presentations at Good Earth State Park, just east of Sioux Falls.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. CDT, Henning will speak about the importance of the Blood Run National Historic Landmark partially located within Good Earth State Park. Blood Run was a trading center and a place considered sacred by local tribes.

“A key component of the trade was the red pipestone quarried in Minnesota,” Henning said. “The pipestone trade was extensive, with pipes and other red stone items found in the American southeast, east coast, even in present New York and southeast Canada.”

Henning will illustrate and discuss village life on Blood Run, including the houses, mounds, and gardens.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. CDT, Henning will speak about the exhibits at the new visitor center. Henning will highlight the unique geomorphs; similar examples are known only on two sites in Iowa. Other topics include the village itself and the critical importance of bison.

These presentations are open to the public and are free to attend. A park entrance license is required to enter into the park and visitor center.

Dale R. Henning, PhD., has worked professionally with the Oneota archaeological sites in Iowa and the surrounding states for over 50 years.  Henning’s research on Blood Run began in the 1950s and he has studied its history, worked with many private collections and with members of the Omaha, Ponca and Iowa tribes. He has written extensively about the place and the people who lived there several centuries ago. Henning recently served as a consultant to GFP in the development of Good Earth State Park. 


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.