Lakota | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota


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The Lakota, an indigenous people who have called the Great Plains and Black Hills region home for centuries, are known for their deep connection to the land, vibrant culture, and history. Learn about their culture, heritage and unique way of life, and explore landmarks significant to the Lakota people.

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse Memorial, still unfinished has become the most well-known memorial to an Lakota Sioux warrior that ever existed. The sculpture which stands 641 feet long and 563 feet high and depicts the warrior seated on his horse giving his signature salute to the world.

Bear Butte State Park

This significant landmark, a place for Lakota spirituality, for centuries, is located in Sturgis, SD. The main hike to the top of Bear Butte climbs 1350 feet in 1.75 mile trail length, with 1,000 of those feet gained in the last mile alone.

Tatanka: Story of the Bison

Visitors will discover the importance of the bison to the Lakota and their culture, as well as learn about the history of Westward expansion in the United States at Tatanka, the only museum of its kind. The facility's main feature is larger than life bronze sculptures of bison being pursued by three Native American riders on horseback.


Attend annual powwows to witness the vibrant Lakota culture first hand through traditional drumming, dancing, and singing. For Art: - Visit various art galleries and centers to see Lakota artwork and crafts, including beadwork, quillwork, and traditional paintings.

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Experience the history and culture of the Lakota people at Pine Ridge Reservation by exploring natural attractions, visiting the Wounded Knee Massacre Site and Oglala Lakota College.

Explore the spirit and natural beauty of this land, learn about Lakota history and their unique way of life, and discover the many sacred landmarks that honor the people who call it home.

Visitor Etiquette

When visiting Tribal Nation Reservations and events, it is important to show respect for the culture and customs of the people who call these places home. This includes following guidelines for behavior and attire, asking permission before taking photographs, and being mindful of sacred sites.

Check out this informative video for more tips on visitor etiquette.

Parks & Monuments Located in the Lakota Region

Crazy Horse Memorial
Parks & Monuments

Crazy Horse Memorial®

Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park

Things to See & Do in the Lakota Region

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