March 24, 2019

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.) [Article: Why Does a Reservation County also have a County Government?]

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.

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Tax Assessment Freeze Program Deadline Approaching

PIERRE, S.D. – Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1 to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program. Under the program, for tax purposes, the homeowner’s property assessment is prevented from increasing. If the actual value of the home increases, the homeowner still pays property […]

Court House Closed – Late Start Thursday

The Oglala Lakota & Fall River County courthouse, in Hot Springs, will be closed on Wednesday March 13th, 2019 and have a late start Thursday March 14th, 2019 due to the predicted winter storm. Office hours on Thursday March 14th, 2019 will be 10am to 5pm. 

Owner Occupied – Dealing Approaching

Homeowners have until March 15 to apply for property tax relief through the owner-occupied program. Any South Dakotan who owned and occupied a home on Nov. 1, 2018 is eligible for this classification and its property tax reduction. Taxpayers who have previously received this reduction and still own and occupy the same home will continue […]

2019 Assessment Notices

2019 Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out to all property owners by March 1, 2019. All property owners should review the information on the notice for accuracy. Any changes we have made to your property, such as classification, legal descriptions, and values will be reflected. If you do not receive a notice, or if you find any […]