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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

    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 »

  • 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.
    Tokya uŋk njiŋpi (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:
October Lakota Moon

Caηapekaśna WiWhen Leaves are Knocked Down.

After the leaves turn to the rich variety of colors, it was thought an unseen hand came and knocked them down. When this happened, the people knew that winter would not be long in coming. During this time preparations were in full swing to lay in enough meat to last through the winter.

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NEW Winter Hours
NEW Winter Hours

Beginning November 1st the museum will change over to its winter schedule, open Monday Friday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM; closed weekends and National Holidays. After-hours by appointment please call 800-798-3452 or email aktalakota@stjo.org to schedule a tour.


The birth of the Black Hills as told by Lakota narrative
The Great Race

The Great Race exhibit focuses on the narrative written by James LaPointe (Oglala Lakota) in his book, Legends of the Lakota. Divided into eight vignettes, the exhibit combines art, music and poetry to convey the ancient story of the formation of the Black Hills.

The Great Race exhibit was brought together in collaboration with the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) and featured in select art museums. The exhibit will be on display at the Akta Lakota Museum through December 31, 2017. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Learn More!