The county is entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and contains part of Badlands National Park. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county; taxes on alcohol consumed within the county go to other counties.
Oglala Lakota County is one of two counties in South Dakota that does not have its own county seat (Todd County is the other). Hot Springs in neighboring Fall River County serves as its administrative center. It is also one of five South Dakota counties that are entirely on an Indian reservation. (The others are Corson, Dewey, Todd, and Ziebach.)
Oglala Lakota County was renamed in May of 2015, originally it had been named Shannon County. Until 1982 Oglala Lakota and Washabaugh County, South Dakota, were the last unorganized counties in the United States. Although it was organized and received a home rule charter that year, Oglala Lakota County, as noted above, contracts with Fall River County for its Auditor, Treasurer, Director of Equalization, State’s Attorney and Registrar of Deeds.
The Oglala Lakota & Fall River County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, October 10, 2016 in observance of Native American Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 11th.
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. This year the focus is on preparedness for youth, older adults, […]
Election Season is about to begin in Fall River and Oglala Lakota County. Early Voting will be starting on September 23 and go through November 7th every day the Courthouse is open. The Last Day to Register to vote for this election is October 24, 2016 by 5 pm. Make sure you’re registered so you […]