January 29, 2020

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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Courthouse Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Fall River & Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs, SD will be closed on Monday January 2oth, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Regular Office Hours will resume on Tuesday, January 21st.

CARS system down

[12/23/2019 9:50am] The State of South Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles is experiencing technical difficulties with the South Dakota CARS system, therefore, the Fall River and Oglala Lakota County treasurer’s office is unable to process ANY transactions related to motor vehicles until further notice. Business regarding property taxes, can be processed.

Property Taxes Due – Oct 31

The second half of property taxes are due by end of day, Thursday, October 31st.  Taxes can be paid in person at the Fall River County Courthouse, 906 N River St, Hot Springs from 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Lines can get long towards the end of the month so it is best not […]

County Road 11 (AKA Gordon Junction Road) Culvert installation

County Road 11 (aka Gordon Junction Road) – Culvert installation will be taking place Monday, September 30, 2019. Please consider an alternate route. Signage for detour will be posted.