Mount Rushmore Superintendent Gerard Baker, a Hidatsa-Mandan from the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, scheduled the two-day tribal elders' summit to seek guidance on improving Native American interpretive programs at the memorial. Baker began an outreach to tribal people in South Dakota soon after he took over as superintendent three years ago. He and his staff traveled to reservations across the state, an effort that eventually led to the Thursday, Feb. 21, summit.
"This is the first summit ever for Native American tribes from South Dakota at Mount Rushmore," Baker said Wednesday. "This is basically a listening session for us. We hope they give us some idea on what stories we need to tell about the tribes, how we're interpreting and not interpreting, what we're saying and not saying."