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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

    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 »

  • 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


Articles of a Treaty

On Exhibit … Articles of a Treaty

May 27, 2019 — November 30, 2019
Aktá Lakota Museum Gallery
Free Exhibition

An expansive new exhibit that explores the seventeen articles of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty, a peace agreement between the Oceti Sakowin Confederacy and the United States of America is interpreted through music, poetry and art by Oceti Sakowin artists.

This exhibit is brought together in collaboration with the Center for American Indian Research & Native Studes (CAIRNS) and featured in select museums.


Story Time with Uŋčí and Lalá

Story Time with Uŋčí and Lalá

The Aktá Lakota Museum will be offering a story hour this summer entitled, Story Time with Uŋčí and Lalá. The book titles are aimed at children Kindergarten through second grade but all are invited to attend. Besides listening to stories read by elders from the community there will be a craft to make and a special treat to take home! Story Time with Uŋčí and Lalá will be held during the months of June and July on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM on so please stop in and have fun with us!