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This platform is our digital portal to access knowledge and history of the Oglala Oyaηke, the Oceti Sakowiη of the Tituηwaη Oyate, and our indigenous relatives in the Northern Plains Region. Our work centers around this statement: Ehanni Taηhaη Takuku Uηpataηpi, meaning Saving Things from Long Ago for the Future. We are simply caretakers and will soon welcome community input and knowledge to add to the featured content.

Photo Credit: Wanblee Logo Drummer, Library of Congress, Pine Ridge Reservation History


For 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. OLC Archives contact information is below or on the About page on our Digital Collections site.


Archivist - Valerie Janis -

Assistant Archivist - Elena Cisneros -

(605) 455-6065 or (605) 455-6063

We schedule in-person visits, please call to find out more.  Appointments are scheduled Monday - Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Email requests and phone calls are also welcome. 

All cataloged material can be found through our online catalog. We are continually processing our other collections. 

The Oglala Lakota College's Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that the Oglala Lakota College is located on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary lands of Indigenous people. The College resides on land that was cared for and called home by the Lakota Oyate people and, before them other Native peoples from time immemorial. This land holds great historical, spiritual, and personal significance for its original stewards, the Native nations and peoples of this region. We recognize and continually support and advocate for the sovereignty of the Native nations in this territory and beyond. By offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm tribal sovereignty and will work to hold the Oglala Lakota College accountable to American Indian peoples and nations. We serve the Oglala Lakota Oyate in our college goal of rebuilding the Lakota Nation through education. 

How this guide is organized

This guide is divided into 11 sections. A link to each section is available on the left side of this page or near the top depending on the computer or mobile device you are using.

  • Introduction
  • Archival Collections
  • Digital Heritage Collections
  • Using our Collections
  • Genealogy
  • Oral Histories Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Tribal Newspapers
  • Objects
  • Books
  • Wičhóoyake kiŋ aglí Project

If you do not see what you are looking for or if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the OLC Archives at or


We're happy to share the many examples reflecting woksape wounspe of Oglala Lakota College. You'll find images, scans of various forms of expression, audio files, and video clips. This project has been a few years in the making, as we assembled more digitized materials for OLC's 50th anniversary book. We are fortunate to have been gradually digitizing what we believe are of most value: the voices of Lakota speakers, educators, activists, and leaders. As we continue to add materials, please share with us your thoughts and ideas. We want to enable community-authored metadata and look forward to expanding upon the many stories of the Oglala oyanke and our relatives of the Oceti Sakowin.


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. 

Oglala Lakota College Woksape Tipi Library Physical Address: 3 Mile Creek Rd Kyle, SD 57752 Mailing Address: PO Box 310 Kyle, SD 57752 Phone: 1-(605)-455-6069