Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center

A museum exhibit of a Native American teepee, partial rolled up. Several small artifacts are shelter

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1301 North Main Street · Chamberlain, SD 57325

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The Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center is an educational outreach building, supported by St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. Akta Lakota means “honor the people” in the Lakota dialect. The museum has welcomed thousands of people since opening its doors in 1991 and sits on the banks of the mighty Missouri River. It tells the story of the Lakota people beginning prior to European colonization and ending with contemporary issues facing tribes today. 

Many of the authentic artifacts date back to the 1800s and were collected from the immediate area in South Dakota. The museum walk-through is designed to guide visitors chronologically through Lakota (Sioux) history, associated with the four cardinal colors and directions. The center has been described as a “living museum” in that current issues receive as much attention as past ones. As part of the modern aspect, artwork by Lakota, Dakota and Nakota artists are highlighted and include paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and quilts. A gift shop offers similar authentic pieces for purchase. 

There is no admission fee to the museum, although donations are gladly accepted and appreciated. Visit About the Akta Lakota Museum - Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center ( for hours, special events, and more information.  


Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

Last updated: December 6, 2022