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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 »

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

    42nd 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 42nd Annual American Indian Day & Powwow Celebration.Read more »

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    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 »

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    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 »

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    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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    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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News & Events


Horse Nation of the Očhthi akwiŋ

Opening Soon … Horse Nation of the Očhthi akwiŋ

November 19, 2018 - March 29, 2019
Akt Lakota Museum Gallery
Free Exhibition

“Horse Nation of the Očhthi akwiŋ” explores how horses shape the history, spirituality, and culture of the Dakhta, Nakhta, and Lakȟta (Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota) people, collectively known as the Očhthi akwiŋ (Seven Council Fires). Horses serve as allies in hunting and in battle, but are revered for more than their utility. Horses were, and still are, recognized as relatives and are vital members of the community. The exhibition features more than 20 artworks — including paintings, textiles, film, and beadwork — by leading contemporary Native American artists. This exhibition is part of a larger look at Horse Nation, including an exhibition at the Minnesota Institute of Art (June 10, 2018 February 3, 2019).

Organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School with support from Red Cloud Indian School, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, South Dakota Humanities Council, Black Hills Community Foundation, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie LLC.