Pipes carved from pipestone will no longer be sold at the visitor center at Pipestone National Monument out of respect for Native American beliefs. The National Park Service and the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association reached that decision in consultation with federally recognized tribes associated with the Monument.
The cultural demonstration program at the monument, located in Pipestone, Minnesota, will continue, with added financial support from the National Park Service. This impactful interpretive program employs Native American carvers and craftspeople to share their culture and history with the public. The store at the monument will continue to offer Native American-made items, including small pipestone crafts with additional information about their significance. The Shrine will open a second location in downtown Pipestone.