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 »
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41st 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 41st 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 Moon — Caηnṗopa Wi — When Trees Pop
Often the Lakota had several names for each month. No doubt it changed from year to year, depending on weather conditions. March could be another cold month in the winter season. So cold, that the thinner branches of trees would crack from the intense cold temperatures. Often people would be able to hear the “pop” as when a branch cracked and broke.
|Lakota Emergence now on Exhibit!|
The traditional narrative of how Lakotas emerged onto this earth is told in this innovative exhibit that combines spiritual lore with contemporary art. Exhibit will be on display now through April 21st. Plan your visit today!