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Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Cheyenne River Sioux TribeCreeks with names like Red Earth and Thunder Butte flow through the "Wakpa Waste Oyanke" or "Good River Reservation."

The mighty Missouri River borders its eastern edge, the rugged Cheyenne forms its southern border, and the Moreau River flows through the heart of the reservation. This land of sprawling prairies and abundant waters is home to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.


The Cheyenne River Reservation is home to four bands of Lakota Sioux; Minnecoujou, Two Kettle (Oohenunpa), Sans Arc (Itazipco) and Blackfoot (Si Sapa). It is located in the north central part of the state comprising the counties of Dewey and Ziebach. The stark, solitary beauty of the prairie will amaze visitors. In some places, you can drive for miles with only nature and wildlife as company.

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting opportunities on the Cheyenne River Reservation include elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, sharptail grouse, duck, goose, turkey, rabbit and prairie dog. Anglers can catch trout, walleye, salmon, sauger, large and smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike, catfish and various panfish. 

H.V. Johnston Lakota Cultural Center

Visit the H.V. Johnston Lakota Cultural Center located in Eagle Butte to learn more about culturally significant items. The museum contains a collection of historical artifacts from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe including murals, old photographs, beadwork and paintings. You can purchase treasures to take home at the center's gift shop.

Timber Lake and Area Museum

Grazing BisonThe Timber Lake and Area Museum in Timber Lake also offers a taste of the culture and history of the area. Items from both the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (located to the north) are showcased at the museum. An extensive collection of marine fossils native to South Dakota is also on display.

The Buffalo

Buffalo hold great spiritual significance for the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota people. The magnificent animal gave itself to provide food, clothing and shelter for the people. Accordingly, buffalo are treated with the greatest respect.

Formal DressFor more information

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
P.O. Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625-0590.

Phone: (605) 964-4155
Fax: (605) 964-1180

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

  • Division: Teton
  • Bands: Sihasapa (Blackfeet), Minnecoujou (Plant Near the Water), Itazipco (Sans Arc or Without Bows), Oohenumpa (Two Kettle)
  • Traditional Language: Lakota
  • Location: Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in north-central South Dakota. Highway 212 runs through the reservation.
  • Land Area: 1.4 million acres
  • Major Employer: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe