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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 40th 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

October Lakota Moon (October 16 — November 13) — Caηapeģi WiWhen Leaves Turn Brown

After the leaves turn a rich variety of colors they were easily blown to the ground by the cool fall winds. When this happened, the people knew that winter would not be long in coming. During this time preparations were in full swing to fill food reserves in preparation for the long winter.

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Native American Day
Native American Day.

South Dakota is one of the richest states in the nation because of the culture, heritage and history of its many federally recognized Indian tribes. From the Santee Sioux in Flandreau to the Oglala Sioux in Pine Ridge to the Cheyenne River Sioux in Eagle Butte, to the Kul Wicasa Oyate in Lower Brule, the indigenous people of South Dakota each have a diverse and peaceful existence that has lasted for many thousands of years.

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