The Black Hills (Lakota: Ȟe Sápa; Cheyenne: Moʼȯhta-voʼhonáaeva; Hidatsa: awaxaawi shiibisha) are a small and isolated mountain range rising from the Great Plains of North America in western South Dakota and extending into Wyoming, United States. Black Elk Peak (formerly known as Harney Peak), which rises to 7,244 feet (2,208 m), is the range's highest summit. The Black Hills encompass the Black Hills National Forest. The name "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota Pahá Sápa. The hills were so-called because of their dark appearance from a distance, as they were covered in trees.

Black Hills in Chicxulub Asteroid Missed[]

The Black Hills were home to a kingdom of brownskinned natives for a time, until greenskins found gold there.[1]

While it was still under the rule of the natives, Rekek and his son Junior guided Ontinil's paleontological expedition into the Black Hills. The group encountered Red Cloud's people, and Ontinil's primary rival, Trinka. As Ontinil had previously dealt with Red Cloud fairly, Red Cloud allowed Ontinil to dig. Trinka had not secured Red Cloud's permission to dig; as punishment, Red Cloud sent Trinka's people on their way, but gave the fossils they dug up to Ontinil.[2]


  1. Analog, May/June 2019, Vol. CXXXIX, nos. 5 & 6, pgs. 10.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 10-26.