In May of 2010 members of the Pawnee and Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations came to Kearney, Nebraska, to build a full-size earth lodge in just 13 days, without any nails, bolts, or screws.
This lodge built at the Platte River Road Archway was built by the 24 tribal members of the Pawnee and Arikara tribes .
The lodges were a part of Pawnee life along the North Loup and Platte rivers of south-central Nebraska, but after their forced exit in 1875, the Pawnees lost their knowledge of earth lodge construction.
However, the lodges remain at the center of Arikara life, and so tribal members came together to teaching their brothers from Oklahoma a time-lost craft. The earth lodge was build in Arikara style.