November 28, 2020

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.

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Courthouse Closed – Thanksgiving

The Fall River & Oglala Lakota County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular hours will resume Monday, November 30th.

Veterans’ Day – Courthouse Closed

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

Polling Place Changes

Some of the polling places in Oglala Lakota County have changed location. See the list below for the new locations.  All polling places will require a mask. Please check in with the greeter upon arrival as some areas also have a limit to the number of voters who can be inside at any time. Batesland: […]

Early Voting Moved to Sacred Heart Church

Early voting for the 2020 General Election has been moved from the Johnson O’Malley building to the Sacred Heart Church in Pine Ridge. Bring your ID and wear your mask. Deadline to register to vote is October 19, 2020. For questions or to request a registration form or absentee ballot application please call, 605-745-5130.  

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