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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Santee MapThe Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe has its headquarters at Flandreau on the Big Sioux River.


The Big Sioux, which winds its way through the area, provides opportunities for fishing, swimming and canoeing. Split Rock Creek, to the east, is known for its towering quartzite cliffs. You can get a great look at these ancient formations from the hiking trails in Palisades State Park (south of Flandreau).

Museums and Historic Sites

For a taste of local history, visitors should stop by the Moody County Museum in Flandreau. It contains a collection of Native American and early pioneer artifacts. The Four Winds Cultural Center, located on the Flandreau Indian School campus, displays artifacts, memorabilia and contemporary materials. Near the school, you can visit the site of Chief Little Crow's grave. The Santee leader was known as a bold and passionate orator, who sought justice for his people. South of town, the tribe maintains a herd of 100 buffalo.


If you're interested in a night on the town, the Royal River Casino and Motel in Flandreau offers gaming action. Visitors stroll amidst the slot machines, bingo hall, and poker and blackjack tables. There's entertainment in the lounge and a fabulous buffet. An added touch: The casino's walls are decorated with murals depicting the history of the tribe.


Quartzite formations near Dell RapidsLocations across South Dakota bear Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota names. Waubay, the name of a town in the northeast, translates roughly to "nesting place for birds. Oahe, the name of a lake in central South Dakota, means "foundation". And the Keya Paha River, which runs through Todd and Tripp counties, is translated to "Turtle Hill River".

For more information

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
PO Box 283
Flandreau, SD 57028-0238

Phone: (605) 997-3844
Fax: (605) 997-3878.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

  • Division: Santee
  • Bands: Mdewakanton (People of Spirit Lake),Wahpekute (Leaf Shooters)
  • Traditional Language: Dakota
  • Locations: Tribal land in south-eastern South Dakota, north of Sioux Falls. Tribal offices in Flandreau.
  • Land Area: 2,356 acres (without boundaries)
  • Major Employers: Flandreau Indian School, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Royal River Casino