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 »
Want to learn about the Native American artists? Read more »
38th 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 38th Annual American Indian Day & Powwow Celebration. Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
We invite you to learn basic phrases and words of the Lakota language with the students at St. Joseph's Indian School. Read more »
Planning a road trip to the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center? Take a look at these driving directions »
News & Events
Akta Lakota Museum Staff Honored |
for Outstanding Service!
Charleen Mellott, St. Joseph’s Indian School Historical Coordinator, was recently recognized by the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board for her efforts in providing outstanding customer service while working at the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center. For her outstanding effort, Charleen was awarded the Governor's Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Hospitality and Customer Service!
The Lakota Moon Calendar: |
March — Istáwicayazan Wi — Moon of Sore Eyes
This is the moon when the eyes hurt from snow blindness. The worst blizzards on the prairie often occurred during this time, when new snow covered old snow resulting in a top layer of bright new snow that reflected the sun’s rays creating a glare. If people did not have appropriate eye cover; they could be temporarily blinded by the sun’s reflection off the snow. This was especially hard on the elders. Learn more»