November 22, 2017

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.


Courthouse Closed – Thanksgiving

The Oglala Lakota & Fall River County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. Business will resume as usual on Monday, November 27th. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans’ Day – Courthouse Closed

The Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veterans’ Day. Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 13th.

Winter Weather Preparedness

As the winter season approaches, the National Weather Service encourages people to prepare for extreme winter conditions by taking the following steps: – Check your vehicle’s battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer, ignition, thermostat, and tires. – Even if you do not make long trips, put a winter survival kit in each vehicle–you may need […]