Medicine Wheel expanded to include mountain

Powell, Wyoming (AP) July 2011

The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark in northern Wyoming will be expanded by an additional 4,000 acres to include part of Medicine Mountain.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the expansion of the site in the Bighorn Mountains earlier this month. In 1970, 110 acres were set aside for the site.

Along with the added acreage, the landmark also will get a new name: Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark.

The change is not expected to impact recreation or stock grazing.

The landmark’s significance to Native Americans is important.

Crow historian Elias Goes Ahead tells the Powell Tribune that Medicine Mountain is considered by American Indians to contain powerful medicine.

The Medicine Wheel saw more than 30,000 visitors last year.