The Aktá Lakota Museum has been named one of South Dakota’s Great Places for 2023, a prestigious award it has received since 2002 when it was formerly known as the Great Star Award. This recognition, given annually by the state’s Department of Tourism, recognizes businesses and organizations that provide exceptional service. The program identifies and honors establishments that offer hospitality training to their staff, acknowledge and reward employees for providing excellent service, and use innovative methods to express gratitude to their customers.

Museum Director, Dixie Thompson, expressed her appreciation for the museum’s frontline staff by acknowledging that their positive attitudes and teamwork are crucial for making the museum a great place.

The museum is an educational outreach of St. Joseph’s Indian School.   More than 200 Native American students in first through twelfth grade find hope and opportunity through our educational, counseling, and residential programs. Strengthened by spirituality and culture, St. Joseph’s Indian School transforms lives—mind, body, heart and spirit—every day. Visit us at and