June 4, 2023

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 – Memorial Day

The Fall River & Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day.  Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, May 30th.

New Map Book Published

The 2023 landowner map book has been published for Oglala Lakota County.  The pages are available online to print. Bound copies of the book are available from the Director of Equalization’s office at 1029 N River St, Hot Springs for $20/each.

Courthouse Closed due to winter storm

The Fall River and Oglala County courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Tuesday,  April 4th due to the current winter storm

Courthouse Closed – Presidents’ Day

The Fall River/Oglala Lakota County Courthouse will be closed on Monday, February 20th, 2023 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023.

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