South Dakota Reservations

Map of South Dakota reservations
**This map is meant as a general guide to where tribal lands are located but does not wholly represent tribal lands or reservations as they are today.

“The Spirit of the Native People — the first people — has never died. It lives in the rocks and the forests, the rivers and the mountains. It murmurs in the brooks and whispers in the trees. The hearts of these people were formed of the earth that we now walk …”
— Kent Nerburn, Author, Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Did you know that South Dakota is home to more than 71,000 American Indians — many of whom live on South Dakota reservations?

The Oceti SakowinSeven Council Fires — is made up of allied bands that speak one of three dialects: Dakota, Lakota or Nakota.

Here’s a little bit about each of the nine reservations located throughout South Dakota:


Cheyenne River Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Cheyenne-River-Sioux-Tribe flag

Division: Teton

Bands: Mnicoujou (Planters by the Water), Oohenumpa (Two Kettle), Itazipco (Sans Arc or Without Bows) and Siha Sapa (Blackfoot)

Total Land Area: 1.4 Million Acres — approximately the size of the entire state of Connecticut!

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 15,993

Traditional Language: Lakota

Major Employers: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Median Family Income: $22,917

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 88%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 2%

Cheyenne River Tribal Office
PO Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625
605-964-4155
www.sioux.org

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.


Crow Creek Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Crow Creek Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Santee, Yankton

Bands: Mdewakanton (People of Spirit Lake) and Ihanktonwan (Dwellers at the End of the Village)

Total Land Area: 125,591 acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 3,429

Traditional Language: Dakota

Major Employers: Agriculture

Median Family Income: $13,750

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 58%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 19%

Crow Creek Tribal Office
PO Box 50
Fort Thompson, SD 57339
605-245-2221
www.crowcreekconnections.org

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.


Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Santee

Bands: Mdewakantonwan (People of Spirit Lake) and Wahpekute (Leaf Shooters)

Total Land Area: 2,356 acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 736

Traditional Language: Dakota

Major Employers: Flandreau Indian School, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and Royal River Casino

Median Family Income: $35,500

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 38%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 1%

Flandreau Santee Tribal Office
PO Box 283
Flandreau, SD 57028
605-997-3891
www.santeesioux.com

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe.


Lower Brule Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Lower Brule Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Teton

Bands: Sicangu (Burnt Thigh or Brule)

Total Land Area: 132,601

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 3,410

Traditional Language: Lakota

Major Employers: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Golden Buffalo Casino, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service and the Lower Brule Farm Corp.

Median Family Income: $20,263

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 52%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 21%

Lower Brule Tribal Office
187 Oyate Circle
Lower Brule, SD 57548
605-473-5561
www.lowerbrulesiouxtribe.com

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.


Pine Ridge Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Oglala Oyate flag

Division: Teton

Bands: Oglala (Scatter Their Own)

Total Land Area: 2 million acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 46,855

Traditional Language: Lakota

Major Employers: Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services

Median Family Income: $20,477

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 89%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 5%

Oglala Tribal Office
PO Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
605-867-5821
www.oglalalakotanation.info

Pine Ridge Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 375
Kyle, SD 57752
605-455-2685
www.oglalalakotanation.info

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Oglala Sioux Tribe.


Rosebud Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Rosebud Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Teton

Bands: Sicangu (Burnt Thigh or Brule)

Total Land Area: 882,416 acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 24,217

Traditional Language: Lakota

Major Employers: Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Todd County School District

Median Family Income: $18,673

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 83%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 13%

Rosebud Tribal Office
PO Box 430
Rosebud, SD 57570
605-747-2381
www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Rosebud Sioux Tribe.


Lake Traverse Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate flag

Division: Santee

Bands: Sisseton (Fish Dwellers), Wahpeton (Forest Dwellers)

Total Land Area: 106,153 acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 12,389

Traditional Language: Dakota

Major Employers: Dakota Sioux Casino, tribal government and Bureau of Indian Affairs

Median Family Income: $33,693

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): Not Available — The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate is the tenth largest employer in the state of South Dakota. The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate operates three casinos; one in North Dakota and two in South Dakota.

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: Less than 1%

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Office
PO Box 509
Agency Village, SD 57262
605-698-3911
www.swo-nsn.gov

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.


Standing Rock Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Teton, Yankton

Bands: Hunkpapa (Campers at the Horn) Siha Sapa (Blackfoot), Ihantonwanna (Little Dwellers at the End of the Village) Ihanktonwan (Dwellers at the End of the Village)

Total Land Area: 562,366 in South Dakota

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 15,568

Traditional Language: Lakota and Dakota

Major Employers: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Sitting Bull College, Prairie Knights Casino, Grand River Casino and school districts.

Median Family Income: $23,922

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 86%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 1%

Standing Rock Tribal Office
Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538
701-854-8500
www.standingrock.org

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Yankton Reservation

South Dakota reservations - Yankton Sioux Tribe flag

Division: Yankton

Bands: Ihanktonwan (Dwellers at the End of the Village)

Total Land Area: Approximately 40,000 acres

Estimated Tribal Enrollment: 11,594

Traditional Language: Dakota

Major Employers: Fort Randall Casino, Indian Health Service, Yankton Sioux Tribal Offices, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Marty Indian School

Median Family Income: $27,576

Unemployment Rate (Department of the Interior 2005): 86%

St. Joseph’s Students Enrolled in this tribe: 4.5%

Yankton Tribal Office
PO Box 1153
Wagner, SD 57380
605-384-3641
www.yanktonsiouxtribe.net

Read more about this South Dakota reservation here: Yankton Sioux Tribe.