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  • Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

    About Us

    The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, an educational outreach of St. Joseph’s Indian School, is committed to promoting the knowledge and understanding of the Northern Plains Indian Culture past, present and future, through the preservation of historical artifacts and contemporary works of art. Read more »

  • Native American Artists

    Artist Biographies

    Want to learn about the Native American artists? Read more »

  • St. Joseph's Indian School's American Indian Day and Powwow

    40th Annual Powwow

    As an outreach program of St. Joseph's Indian School, the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center will be offering cultural activities with our 40th Annual American Indian Day & Powwow Celebration. Read more »

  • Native American works of art

    Gift Shop

    The Akta Lakota Museum offers a wide selction of unique, Indian made, items for purchase. All sales are used to fund programs for the Lakota children in our care at St. Joseph's Indian School. Shop our store »

  • ALM Historical Center

    Historical Center

    St. Joseph's Indian School's Alumni & Historical Center was dedicated in May 2013.
    Tokéya uŋkí nájiŋpi (We Stood Here in the Beginning) will preserve the memories of St. Joseph’s Indian School and share accomplishments of the students, religious staff and benefactors. Read more »

  • Listing of South Dakota area powwows

    Area Powwows

    A wacipi - powwow - is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It celebrates the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth and to one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting. View the listing of South Dakota area powwows »

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    Speak Lakota

    We invite you to learn basic phrases and words of the Lakota language with the students at St. Joseph's Indian School. Read more »

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    Need Directions?

    Planning a road trip to the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center? Take a look at these driving directions »

News & Events

The Lakota Moon Calendar:
Canwápegi Wi — Moon When the Leaves Turn Brown

Canwápegi WiMoon When the Leaves Turn Brown

The moon of fall meant a time of cool evenings and the gathering of ripened berries. This also mean that every growing thing was ripening and certain plants would be ready for harvest, either for food or medicine. Scouts who had been watching the bison herds reported their location, and autumn hunts were planned.
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Learn more about Andrew Standing Soldier

Featured Artist Andrew Standing Soldier

Andrew Standing Soldier, Oglala Lakota (1917-1967) was an artist/illustrator who excelled in creating his art in a subdued, simplified style of his life and time. His scenes were those typical of the period: people riding in wagons pulled by matched draft horses, elderly grandmothers pounding cherries in front of the summer white army tents or dirt-roofed log houses, and bronco riders with 1930-vintage autos. Learn more!

School children looking at Native American artifacts

A Field Trip to the Akta Lakota Museum!

Field trips are a popular activity for all students. No matter how old they are or where they are headed, kids love to explore new places with their friends. Our new interactive displays allow students to learn while having fun! Consider a visit to the Akta Lakota Museum — we’re free! Contact us by email or call 800.798.3452 for more information or to schedule a visit.