October 15, 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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Courthouse Closed – Native American Day

The Oglala Lakota & Fall River County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, October 14th in observance of Native American Day. Regular business will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 15th.

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.

REVISED NOTICE – County Road 11 (aka Gordon Junction Road)

Due to the flooding incurred on Friday night/Saturday morning, the culvert construction was unable to be completed. The new date of closure/detour will occur on Tuesday 09/24/2019. Please consider an alternate route. Detour signs will be posted.

Important Voter Information

Greetings Oglala Lakota County residents; The Oglala Lakota County Auditor’s office has been notified by your local postal carriers that there are a large number of voter verification notices that will be returned to our office due to address changes. We would like to encourage any registered voters that may have experienced a change of […]