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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

    39th 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 39th 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 »

  • ALM billboard in Chamberlain, SD

    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:
Moon of Leaves on Trees.

May Lakota Moon: Canwapto WiMoon of Leaves on Trees

When spring begins in earnest, we are greeted with the return of the birds and the greening of the grass and leaves. New hope arises in the hearts of the people as the buffalo, tatanka cows begin to deliver the new crop of calves.
Learn More!


The Great Sioux Nation

On exhibit now!

The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center is pleased to collaborate with the South Dakota State Historical Society to bring the work of renowned Lakota artist and scholar Arthur Amiotte to the Akta Lakota Museum.

Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture: The Collages of Arthur Amiotte, 1988-2014 will be on display at the Akta Lakota Museum from May 4 through October 1, 2015.

A gallery reception will be held Friday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 7 p.m. Learn More!


Plan your visit toady!

Learn, Experience, Discover!

For over 20 years the Akta Lakota Museum has been welcoming visitors from all over the world. Our inviting environment features numerous historic artifacts from a time when the way of life for Indian people came from the buffalo and the land itself.

Children of all ages can experience life as it was on the prairie for the Sioux Indians of the Northern Plains tribes. Whether you visit as part of a family vacation or school field trip, we can make your experience at the Akta Lakota a memorable one.
Plan your visit today!!