November 18, 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 – Thanksgiving

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28th & 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, December 2nd.

Courthouse Closed – Veterans’ Day

The The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Monday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, November 12th.

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 […]

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.