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Corson County: A Cultural Observation


PIERRE, S.D. – Discover American Indian culture and tradition in Corson County. This northern region includes the communities of McLaughlin, Kenel, Little Eagle, Bullhead, McIntosh and Morristown. 

The McLaughlin Heritage Center in Corson County hosts a museum with an emphasis on local history, agriculture and American Indian culture. Browse several newspaper and magazine articles linked to Corson County and its settlers. 

A portion of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is located in Corson County. The area is the birthplace of one of the Lakota’s greatest warriors and most respected medicine men, Sitting Bull. Visitors can observe his grave overlooking the Missouri River. 

Also in the area is a tribute to Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who traveled with Lewis and Clark. The Indian Memorial Recreation Area offers great boating, fishing and camping opportunities. Recreational opportunities also abound on the Missouri River, serving as the county’s eastern border. 

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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