December 9, 2021

Photo of Badlands Scenery.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.

 

 

Courthouse Closed – Thanksgiving

The Fall River & Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25th & 26th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, November 29th.

Veterans’ Day – Courthouse Closed

The Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed on Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veterans’ Day. Regular hours will resume on Friday, November 12th.

Courthouse Closed – Native American Day

The Oglala Lakota & Fall River County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, October 11th in observance of Native American Day. Regular business will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 12th.

COVID-19 FUNERAL ASSISTANCE – FEMA

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