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Lyman County: Proud Heritage


PIERRE, S.D. – Discover the great plains of South Dakota in Lyman County. This central region county is home to the communities of Lower Brule, Presho, Oacoma, Kennebec, Reliance and Vivian.

A portion of the Lower Brule Sioux Indian Reservation rests in Lyman County, giving visitors a glimpse into the fascinating Sioux culture. Discover the tribe’s wildlife reserve where herds of buffalo and elk roam. The tribe’s annual powwow takes place the second weekend of August. Experience generations of rich American Indian culture. The celebration displays the proud heritage and majestic pageantry of American Indian dancers, dress and music.

The Buffalo Interpretive Center on the Lower Brule Reservation is a symbol of the important role bison played in both the everyday and spiritual life of the Sioux tribe. Located on historic Highway 1806, the center is specifically oriented on a small pasture to maintain a visual connection with the tribe’s grazing buffalo herd. Hands-on exhibits and educational videos inside the center demonstrate the importance of bison in American Indian culture. Large windows throughout the building grant viewing opportunities of the herd and the rolling grasslands. Visitors can also browse the center gift shop.

With several recreation areas and the Missouri River flowing through, water activities are abundant in Lyman County.

The 101-mile Native American Scenic Byway crosses the Lower Brule Reservation. Following the Missouri River, the route takes you along the picturesque river bluffs and descends to the fertile river bottom. 

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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