Missouri National Recreational River, Southeast South Dakota's and Northeast Nebraska's hometown national park, will present the following programs this weekend:
Friday, June 22
7 p.m., Chief White Crane Campground Amphitheater – "Let Me Go Home!" He was just a Nebraska farmer who wanted to return to his homeland, but Chief Standing Bear found himself in the middle of a precedent-setting federal court case. Follow the Ponca Tribe's trail of tears and relive the courtroom drama that followed.
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam – Lake Yankton Water Festival. The National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team up to bring you a variety of exhibits and activities on water safety, the historic river, wildlife, canoeing and more. Kids can earn their Junior Ranger badges by completing specified activities.
8 p.m., Burbach picnic shelter, Lewis & Clark Lake State Recreation Area, Nebraska. – "Did We Forget Anything?" The Lewis and Clark Expedition carried tons of equipment and supplies on their journey up the Missouri River. A National Park Ranger unpacks a trunk of replicas of some of these items and reveals how they contributed to the success of the voyage.
Sunday, June 24
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lewis & Clark Visitor Center at Gavins Point Dam – "Luggage of the Plains" Everyone needs places to store their stuff! Learn how the Plains Indians used hides to make storage containers. Make your own parfleche while a ranger reveals the lifestyle and culture of some of these tribes.