Beaded clothing once worn by Indigenous children. Tools made by hand from the remains of bison and other animals. Even uniforms worn by Native Americans as they patrolled reservations as police officers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Akta Lakota Museum in Chamberlain, South Dakota, showcases the lives, culture, history, and traditions of northern Plains tribes, including the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota nations of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation).
The museum is located on the grounds of the St. Joseph’s Indian School, whose campus briefly served as part of the federal residential school system that sought to assimilate Native American youth from the Dakotas into the “white man’s world.”
By Tim Trudell
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