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.
What are your hours and how do I contact you?
Due to campus-wide closure for COVID-19, the archives is also closed but does provide research support and service requests via email and phone. Contact Tawa Ducheneaux or Elena Cisneros for more information. You can also call (605) 455-6065.
Do I need an appointment?
Until Covid-19 restrictions lift, we are closed and not scheduling in-person visits. Email requests and phone calls are welcome. The Researcher Request Form is accessible below.
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 Browse our Collections subtab.
What can I check out? What can I copy?
All materials are for in-room use only. When we re-open, 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 You may copy/scan up to 10% of published material and you can request assistance for copies of unpublished materials.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.