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Native American Tribes of South Dakota
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, and words from the 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:
Here are the addresses of South Dakota's Indian reservations There are eight federally recognized Indian tribes in South Dakota today. :
1 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council:
P.O. Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
2 Crow Creek Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box 50
Fort Thompson, SD 57339
3 Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box 283
Flandreau, SD 57028
4 Lower Brule Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box 187
Lower Brule, SD 57548
5 Oglala Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box H
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
6 Rosebud Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57570
7 Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe:
P.O. Box 509
Agency Village, SD 57262
8 Yankton Sioux:
P.O. Box 248
Marty, SD 57361
Feel free to print these out for classroom use!
Teaching and learning activities about South Dakota Native Americans:
Printable puzzle hiding the names of South Dakota's Indian tribes.
South Dakota Tribes Word Search:
Learn to say "hello" in several Native South Dakota languages.
South Dakota Language Greetings:
Learn the Native American names of South Dakota animals.
South Dakota Native Animals:
Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of South Dakota.
South Dakota Indian Facts for Kids:
We currently have pages for the Arikara,
Recommended books about South Dakota Native Americans: Coffee-table book of art and history from the tribes of North and South Dakota.
Introducing South Dakota's Native American history and culture to kids.
South Dakota Indians:
This is a very good book on the Dakota Indians for kids and teens.
Unmissable history of South Dakota's Wounded Knee massacre and events leading up to it.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee:
Stories of friendship between settlers and Sioux Indians in South Dakota.
Daughters of Dakota:
Autobiography of Native South Dakota activist Mary Brave Bird.
Prison writings from controversial Oglala Sioux activist Leonard Peltier.
My Life Is My Sun Dance:
Handbook of herbs, food crops, and plant lore among the prairie tribes.
Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region
Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in South Dakota state: South Dakota Reservations:
Map and profiles of the South Dakota Indian tribes.
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