On October 6, 2004, at the EERC in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Howard Boggess, Crow historian, presented the photo entitled "Talking Elk," to the members of Mary Wiper's family. The family presented the photo to Dr. Gerald Groenewold, Director of the EERC and President of the Frontier Heritage Alliance, and requested that it be maintained on display there. Dr. Groenewold accepted the photo and it is on display at the Center. He took another action, having a commemorative picture produced and installed in the main foyer of the EERC. This work features Mary, Weatherman Draw, and a narrative about the way her life became intertwined in many different ways with different but connected peoples and entities, the earth, the land, the sacred, the beginning and the end. The text is as follows: Across the top of the plaque is the following quote by Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Mary Wiper grew up amidst the natural beauty of the rural northwestern North Dakota plains in the small town of Bowbells, the place in which her love of the earth was born. She attended the University of North Dakota (UND) graduating summa cum laude in 1999 with majors in Honors and English and minors in Sociology and Women's Studies. During her time at UND, Mary's love and respect for the land grew, nurtured by her studies personal interactions, and self-reflection. She was an exceptional student and an enthusiastic activist, working to establish an Earth Day celebration and recycling program on campus. Mary's gentle nature, joy for living, and strength of purpose left an impression on all she encountered. Not surprisingly, her love and concern for the natural environment led her to work with the Sierra Club following graduation. In South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico, Mary Wiper worked on many projects for the Sierra Club, but none exemplifies her spirit, talents, and commitment to the land better than Weatherman Draw. A small valley in south-central Montana, Weatherman Draw---also known as the Valley of the Shields or the Valley of the Chiefs---contains the largest collection of Native American rock art on the North American continent. Dating back 1100 years, the drawings depict shields, animals, and human figures and tell the stories of the people who painted them. The archeological, cultural, and historical value of the drawings is immeasurable. Considered a holy place and a place of peace by many Native American tribes, Weatherman Draw was virtually unknown to the public until its preservation was threatened. In 2001, the Denver oil company that held the leases for the land was granted a permit for exploratory drilling in the area. In response, the Frontier Heritage Alliance, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club, ten Native American Tribes, and other concerned citizens joined together to save Weatherman Draw. Mary Wiper worked tirelessly on the campaign, researching, writing letters, making phone calls, and learning all she could about the issues and the people involved. Although the footwork was often tedious, she did it with unfailing enthusiasm and commitment to the cause. On the frontlines, her extraordinary poise, quiet determinations, and innate ability to truly listen earned her the respect of her colleagues and brought people together on both sides of the contentious issue. After long and arduous negotiations with the oil company, government agencies, and congressional delegates, an agreement was reached in which the leases were turned over to the National Trust and legislation was introduced for the longer-term protection of Weatherman Draw. The campaign to save Weatherman Draw was successful because a diverse group of organizations and individuals with a shared belief joined together to work for a common goal. Mary Wiper was instrumental in that effort. Her unwavering optimism, quiet perseverance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and unshakeable commitment to her belief were inspirational to those who shared the journey with her. On August 1, 2004, Mary Wiper was struck by lightning and died while hiking with friends in Breckenridge, Colorado. Her untimely death leaves an empty place on the earth she loved, but her spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege to know and love her and in the protection and preservation of Weatherman Draw.