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Sacred to more than a dozen Native American tribes, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming was originally called “Bear’s Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi.” Its otherworldly appearance played a role in origin stories and the legends of heroes. Rising 600 feet above the surrounding plains, it is an impressive and moving sight. Photo of a lightning strike over the monument by Judit Fabian (

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