Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Overview

Introduction

Homeland of the Oglala Lakota Sioux, Pine Ridge lies in the southwestern part of South Dakota. It borders the Buffalo Gap National Grassland and surrounds part of Badlands National Park. You can visit the place where the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890 took place: The site—near the town of Wounded Knee—is memorialized by a marker and mass-grave site. In the town of Pine Ridge is the Red Cloud Indian School, whose Heritage Center contains art and artifacts related to the Lakota people. The Prairie Wind Casino is located near the reservation's western boundary, 12 mi/20 km east of Oelrichs.

The Rosebud Indian Reservation, the homeland of the Rosebud Sioux, is immediately southeast of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The town of Mission is the site of the tribe's Rosebud Casino. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is 66 mi/106 km southeast of Rapid City.

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