The Five Tribes of the River

The Missouri’s ancient river culture is rich with beauty, wisdom and nature. Five Sioux tribes of the Lakota and Dakota have reservations that border the Missouri in S.D., and they welcome travelers. Four have tribal casinos (near Mobridge, Crow Creek, Fort Thompson and Wagner). Chamberlain hosts an exceptional cultural center, the Akta Lakota Museum, and on the bluffs east of the city is artist Dale Lamphere’s acclaimed “Dignity of Earth & Sky” a 50-foot sculpture of a proud Indian woman. Oscar Howe’s 10 gymnasium-size murals are preserved on Mobridge’s Main Street. Each tribe and reservation has interesting attractions, historic places, gift shops, art, monuments and such. 

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