Cuny Table Badlands, South Dakota
A view as we approached Cuny Table from the East   -   Goto "HISTORY" or  "CAFE"
The top of these Buttes, North of road, are about the same height as Cuny Table and as we drive West we get to that height.  The thing that caught my eye here was the thick black layer at the top.
Is it rich soil like that on Cuny Table?    The photo below, South side of road,  was taken further
West and up hill.  I believe the mesa in distance, on right is part of Cuny Table.

The photo below is on the Western edge of Cuny Table. A Lone building sits in the distance, South.
There is one more photo, it shows the "CUNY TABLE CAFE", also on the South side of road..............

The Indian name for this area is TOP OF THE BADLANDS, as displayed on
"Black ElksWorld"MAP

CUNY TABLE was named after Pat Cuny's grandfather, who established the first ranch on the sweetgrass tabletop at the northwestern edge of the reservation. "It's the best place to make a living, and they just tormented this ground here," said Cuny.   Pat spent four years as an infantryman during World War II,. When he got home from Germany, that home didn't exist anymore. "They, the U.S. Government, gave the family 30 days to get out," he said. "They banged the house up with machine guns and then tore it down. They bombed the place all through the war."    Yes, Cuny Table has been used as a bombing test range. 

Pat's nephew Oliver Swallow was 12 years old when the order to leave came. "This great In-God-We-Trust government came in and said we're buying your land -- get out," Swallow said. "They gave us $16 an acre -- more than some people. We found another piece of ground outside the range, but it wasn't nearly as good.  "There was no appeal -- we just had to go with the flow. I really don't feel as loyal to the country as a lot of people do. What the government did to my family is kind of disheartening."  From:AISESnet Discussion

One tool found near Cuny Table in the White River Badlands, was the four-bevel tool , shown left.   All four edges are worn and both faces show some use polish. 

from: "Surface Collection" ,"Other Artifacts"

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