Lakota Sioux Culture
Lakota Sioux Culture

A South Dakota Legacy

Lakota Sioux Culture
Lakota Sioux Culture

A South Dakota Legacy

Lakota Sioux Culture
Lakota Sioux Culture

A South Dakota Legacy

Lakota Sioux Culture
Lakota Sioux Culture

A South Dakota Legacy

Lakota Sioux Culture
Lakota Sioux Culture

A South Dakota Legacy

Perhaps more than any other group, the men and women of the Lakota Nation (better known as The Sioux) — with their graceful tipis, fast horses, warrior societies and richly feathered regalia — have become the international symbol for all of America's native peoples.

Their legacy is embedded into South Dakota History.  The Sioux gained control of the Northern Plains in the 1700s, and developed a unique culture based on the abundant buffalo herds of that era. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 (also know as the Sioux Treaty), signed at Fort Laramie in Wyoming Territory between the United States and the Lakota Nation guaranteed the Lakota people ownership and hunting rights of the Black Hills. The treaty brought an end to Red Cloud's War.

Rich culture of the Lakota Nation can be viewed at the Sandy Swallow Gallery in Hill City.