Welcome to our South Dakota State Facts section, part of an educational project
designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states.
Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history
of each South Dakota tribe, or scroll below the map for South Dakota Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of South Dakota. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in South Dakota
Did you know the name "South Dakota" comes from a Siouan Indian word? Dakota
is the tribal name of the Dakota Sioux, meaning "friendly" or "allied."
The Dakota Indians were not the only native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now South Dakota included: