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Bighorn Canyon ranger to present program on Yellowtail Dam

POWELL — Park ranger Todd Johnson from the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will be giving a multi-media talk on the creation of the Yellowtail Dam tonight. The presentation, which is part of the Powell Valley Community Education program, will start at 6 p.m. at the Fagerberg Building, Room 65 on the Northwest Community College.

 

January 25, 2018



POWELL — Park ranger Todd Johnson from the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area will be giving a multi-media talk on the creation of the Yellowtail Dam tonight. The presentation, which is part of the Powell Valley Community Education program, will start at 6 p.m. at the Fagerberg Building, Room 65 on the Northwest Community College.

The talk will examine some of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Yellowtail Dam. “I’ve spent time in archives, examined hundreds of photos, looked at numerous primary and secondary source material, and talked to local residents,” said Park Ranger Todd Johnson. There are so many facets to the story of the dam. The building of it was a significant event in the history of the area, whether you were a member of the Crow Tribe or a community along the river. The history of the Yellowtail Dam is fascinating and I’m looking forward sharing what I’ve learned.”

Johnson will be showing portions of “Build-Up On the Big Horn”, the film created by Morrison-Knudson, the contractor for the Yellowtail Dam project, as well as showing photos from the Bureau of Reclamation archive.

Also participating in the program will be Johnny Tim Yellowtail, the great grandson of Robert Yellowtail. He will discuss the Native American perspective on the building of the dam and how members of the Crow tribe feel about it today.

For additional information about this program go to the Powell Valley Community Education website at https://nwc.edu/pvce/ or contact Christy Fleming, Chief of Interpretation at Bighorn Canyon, at 307-548-5402.

 
 

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