Native Culture and Events

South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance

For more information and resources about Native American culture, history, and activities in South Dakota we encourage our visitors to check out the South Dakota Native Tourism Alliance website at


Plan your Pow Wow

Six of the nine South Dakota tribes currently border the river bank and the 101 mile Native American Scenic Byway journeys through the heart of the Lakota Sioux Nation. Our Native American roots run deep along the river. Many of these tribes host public pow wow exhibitions where you can witness a tribal tradition for yourself.

Cheyenne Eagle Butte School Traditional Pow Wow
Eagle Butte School

Presentation College Graduation Pow Wow
Eagle Butte College Campus 

Kenel Memorial Day Pow Wow
Late May
Kenel, South Dakota 

Fort Randall Casino and Hotel Pow Wow
Mid to Late June
Pickstown, Fort Randall Casino 

Wakpala Wacipi Traditional Pow Wow

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Annual Fair, Rodeo and Pow Wow
Second week in August
Lower Brule 

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe Annual Pow Wow
Third week in August
Fort Thompson 

Annual Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Fair, Rodeo and Pow Wow
Eagle Butte 

United States Tribes Pow Wow
Fort Pierre 

Annual American Indian Day and Pow Wow Celebration
Chamberlain, St. Joseph’s Indian School 

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Veterans Day Pow Wow
Second or third week in November
Lower Brule

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