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Experience Native American Culture in Chamberlain


PIERRE, S.D. – Native American culture abounds in the South Dakota community of Chamberlain.

At Saint Joseph’s Indian School, visitors may tour the Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center. Akta Lakota is a living museum, which means contemporary Native American art can be viewed along with the artifacts of the past.

"People who come to see the Akta Lakota Museum get to see firsthand how the Native Americans of the past and present live," said Dixie Thompson of the St. Joseph’s Indian School. "It helps them to understand the community and how it came to be."

Visitors to Chamberlain also have the opportunity to attend a traditional Native American pow-wow, or wacipi. On Saturday, May 17, 2008, Chamberlain will hold a pow-wow at the National Guard Armory to honor local students. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the Chamberlain-Oacoma Area Chamber of Commerce at 605-234-4416 or

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at to access the complete list of articles.

The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.