Woksape Tipi Archives is located within Woksape Tipi Library and is home to unique language, cultural, and historical materials specific to the Oyate Kin, primarily the Oceti Sakowin of the Titunwan Oyate, as well as the Northern Plains region. Materials include institutional records consisting of the administrative records of Oglala Lakota College and the Oglala Sioux Tribe; artifact collections; special collections: manuscripts, microforms, audiovisual, photographs, maps, blueprints, posters, and hard to find publications. These materials reflect knowledge and research from the origins of the Titunwan Oyate and the Oceti Sakowin to post IRA governance to current tribal administration.
Any visitors to the archives we ask that you call ahead with your request so the staff can gather materials and/or resources for your visit.
What are your hours and how do I contact you?
The archives are open to a limited amount of people, please call to schedule an appointment. We also provide research support and service requests via email and phone. Contact Valerie Janis or Elena Cisneros for more information. You can also call (605) 455-6065.
Do I need an appointment?
We are scheduling in-person visits, please call to find out more. Email requests and phone calls are also welcome.
How do I find materials?
All cataloged material can be found through our online catalog. We are continually processing our other collections. Current finding aids to semi-processed collections and indexes by material type can be found on the Finding Aids subtab.
What can I check out? What can I copy?
All materials are for in-room use only. We have a large table for you to use for reading and sorting materials. You may copy/scan up to 10% of published material and you can request assistance for copies of unpublished materials. Fees are not typically charged to tribal members.
Does the Archives accept donations?
We thrive on the generosity of our donor community; donors range from community members and stakeholders to collectors to research faculty. Please review our Collections Management Policy & Procedures for more information.