December 2, 2022

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 24th & 25th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, November 28th.

Polling Places

Citizens of Oglala Lakota County may vote at any polling place due to Vote Centers. Batesland: Oglala Lakota County Schools – Bill Conquering Bear Gymnasium – 409 3rd St, Batesland Cuny Table: Red Shirt School – 38 Tatanka Numpa Rd, Redshirt Kyle: Little Wound School – 438 Main St, Kyle Manderson: The Hall at St. […]

Early Voting Is Open

Early Voting is happening now at the Prue Ecoffey Gymnasium in Pine Ridge. You can vote Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until November 7, 2022. On November 8, 2022, election day, you must go to a polling place. For a list of polling locations or more election information, click here.

Property Taxes Due – Oct 31

The second half of property taxes are due by end of day, Monday, 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 […]

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