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 »
Artist Shares Gifts
Artist Gregory Perillo wants to help the Lakota children. Find out how you can too! Read more »
Want to learn about the Native American artists? Read more »
38th 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 38th 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:|
Waníyetu Wi — Moon of the Rutting Deer
In the first days of this month the cold breezes come and the first flakes of snow soon follow. Great observers of nature, the Lakota watched for every change and adjusted their lives accordingly. This is the time when hunters return and families are reunited for Winter Camp.
|Trace your Native American Ancestry
Today, there are 561 officially recognized Indian tribes in the United States. For many Native Americans, family history is something they want to explore. Finding out which tribe their families belonged to, its traditions and the impact on their daily lives is important to them and there are resources available to assist you in your search.
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Native American ancestry can be traced back thousands of years and many people with Native American blood must prove their Native American ancestry in order to receive the benefits if any, entitled to their specific tribe from the United States government.
There are many others who just want to uncover where they came from and find out if they do have a long Native American ancestry or just dig more deeply into their genealogy to find out all their tribes details, such as where and how they lived.
There are hundreds of thousands of Americans with Native American roots and most Native American genealogy records need to be obtained from the United States government. When and if you do find Native American descendants you then may qualify for tribal membership and any benefits that come with it.