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 »
Want to learn about the Native American artists? Read more »
39th 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 39th Annual American Indian Day & Powwow Celebration.Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
We invite you to learn basic phrases and words of the Lakota language with the students at St. Joseph's Indian School. Read more »
Planning a road trip to the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center? Take a look at these driving directions »
News & Events
|The Lakota Moon Calendar:|
March — Istáwicayazan Wi — Moon of Sore Eyes
The moon when eyes hurt from snow blindness. Often the Lakota had several names for each month. No doubt it changed from year to year, depending on weather conditions.
|The Tipi: A portable Home|
A tipi is an amazing portable home used by the nomadic Plains Indians. The frame consisted of lodge poles which supported an exterior of buffalo hides. There were two flag poles at the top of the structure which could be opened or closed to control air flow. It was light-weight structure that was durable, warm and mobile.