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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 »

  • Artist teams with St. Joseph's

    Artist Shares Gifts

    Artist Gregory Perillo wants to help the Lakota children. Find out how you can too! 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.
    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 »

  • 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:
April - Moon When Ducks Come Back

Magáksicaagli WíApril — Moon When Ducks Come Back

The last cold drafts of the North wind begin to give up their hold on the waters as spring arrives. Bird migrations were closely observed by the Lakota, ducks and geese flying north were a sure sign of spring. People would anxiously wait for the first formation to come up over the southern horizon. If they flew beneath the clouds, there would be no more heavy snowfall. If they flew above the clouds, they would knock down more snow.
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A Field Trip to the Akta Lakota Museum! A Field Trip to the Akta Lakota Museum!

Field trips are a popular activity for all students. No matter how old they are or where they are headed, kids love to explore new places with their friends. Our new interactive displays allow students to lean while having fun! Consider a visit to the Akta Lakota Museum — we’re free! Contact us by email or call 800.798.3452 for more information or to schedule a visit.