There are things in nature that engender an awful quiet in the heart of man; Devils Tower is one of them.
Serveral Indian nations of the Great Plains share similar legends of this prominent butte.

The Kiowa people say:
Eight children were there at play, seven sisters and their brother. Suddenly the boy was stuck dumb; he trembeled and began to run upon his hands and feet. His fingers became claws, and his body was covered with fur. Directly there was a bear where the boy had been. The sisters were terrified; they ran, and the bear after them. They came to the stump of a great tree, and the tree spoke to them. It bade them climb upon it, and as they did so it began to rise into the air. The bear came to kill them, but they were just beyond its reach. It reared against the tree and scored the bark all around with its claws. The seven sisters were borne into the sky, and they became the stars of the Big Dipper.
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Many ceremonies were done on foot of the "Bear Lodge", which is the native name.
One of the most important events was the yearly meeting of the ally of the Sioux. This ally of tribes was renewd by carrying out the holy pipe ceremony.

This secret was also snatched away from the Natives culture by finding gold in the Black Hills and by invading the sacred grounds by the White Men.