also called 'He Hota Paha' (Grey Horn Butte in Lakota)
...For many American Indians, Devils Tower National Monument is a sacred site. For centuries, Indians have performed religious and cultural ceremonies at Devils Tower, including the Sun Dance, sweat lodge rites, vision quests, prayer offerings, and burials. These ceremonies continue today. For Intervenors and other Indians, traditional use of the tower is:
vital to the health of our nation and to our self-determination as a Tribe. Those who use the butte to pray become stronger. They gain sacred knowledge from the spirits that helps us preserve our Lakota culture and way of life. They become leaders. Without their knowledge and leadership, we cannot continue to determine our own destiny...
Above quote from HTML version:
http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:QH ... cd=2&gl=us
http://law.wustl.edu/Faculty/documents/ ... tBrief.pdf
Native American/First People's viewpoints info:
http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Can ... butte.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devils_Tow ... l_Monument
I have hiked around the base of this huge formation, and was awed by not only it's size, but I was humbled by the 'Place of Power', that I felt from the energy it seemed to give off. It's absolutely breath-taking!