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Oglala Lakota County (Shannon County), South Dakota

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  • Gertrude Desersa (1902 - 1925)
    Oglala Lakota Married Alexander Clement Desersa on July 5, 1918 in Bennett County, North Dakota Their children: Mayme/ Mamie Lenora Desersa, Chief Everett Eli Desersa, Clara Mable Desersa Unite...
  • Eugene Louis Stover (1927 - 1937)
    Oglala Lakota Even though his mother was white, Eugene and his siblings were considered Oglala. It was about blood quantum at this time rather than matriarchal enrollment. United States, Native...
  • John Louis Stover (1898 - 1947)
    Oglala Lakota Served in the US Naval Reserve Force (SD SIC USN RF WW 1) Enlisted: 5/10/1918 ; discharged: 9/30/1921 Married Grace June Schultz on August 15, 1924 in Kadoka, Jackson, South Dakot...
  • Edward Stover, Sr. (1875 - 1943)
    Oglala Lakota Son of George Linus Stover and Jennie Robinson Married 1st: Sarah Standing Bear Their children: John Louis, Hattie, Ida and Gertrude "Gertie" Stover Married 2nd: Susan Swallow, ...
  • Peter Dillon (1877 - 1945)
    Oglala Lakota AKA: Peter Chief Eagle Attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School: entered the school on February 19, 1891 and departed on July 2, 1897. Son of Chief Eagle and Jennie Fights Wit...

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota.

The county was created as a part of the Dakota Territory in 1875, although it remains unorganized and does not have a county seat. It is entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and contains part of Badlands National Park. It is one of five South Dakota counties entirely on an Indian reservation.

The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in Oglala Lakota County in 1890.

The county is named after the Oglala Lakota, a band of the Lakota people. Many of the county's inhabitants are members of this sub-tribe. The county was originally named for Peter C. Shannon, Chief Justice of the Dakota Territory Supreme Court. Until 1982, Shannon County 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, the county, as noted above, contracts with Fall River County for its Auditor, Treasurer, and Registrar of Deeds.

On November 4, 2014, voters in the county voted by a margin of 2,161 to 526 to rename Shannon County to Oglala Lakota County. The name change was ratified by the state legislature on March 5, 2015. May 1, 2015 was proclaimed by the governor as the official day for renaming the county.

Adjacent Counties

Towns & Communities

  • Batesland
  • Denby
  • Kyle
  • Manderson-White Horse Creek
  • Oglala
  • Pine Ridge
  • Porcupine
  • Red Shirt
  • Rockyford
  • Sharps Corner
  • Wounded Knee



Badlands National Park (part)

Wounded Knee Battlefield