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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.
    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 »

  • 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:
When Berries Are Good

Wipazuke Waśte WiWhen Berries Are Good

People would look at chokecherry and buffalo berry thickets to see how the new green berries were faring, especially after a particularly hard winter. They wanted to see fresh, new, green berries that were good and grand, on the way to growing and ripening.
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Museum Earns Award
2017 Certificate of Excellence - Trip Advisor

Wópilá táηkamany thanks — for your support. With your help we have earned TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence! Thank you for all the great reviews! #CertficateofExcellence #TripAdvisor

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day — July 14th
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day — July 14th

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be declared a Saint in the Roman Catholic Church, was beatified in 1980 by Pope John Paul II.

Reverence is shown for her around the country, even at St. Joseph’s Indian School. Here, a beautiful stained glass window honors her in the Our Lady of the Sioux Chapel. In addition, our high school girls named their home on St. Joseph’s campus in her honor.
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