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Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud) welcomes visitors year-round to learn the history of the Lakota people and the vibrancy of Lakota arts and culture today.

Chief Red Cloud (1822-1909)

was a great leader who fiercely defended the lands and rights of the Oglala Lakota. As the U.S. government encroached further and further on tribal sovereignty throughout the nineteenth century, Chief Red Cloud, or Maȟpíya Lúta as he is known to the Lakota, recognized that education was essential to the future survival of his people. In 1888, he joined with the Jesuits, or “black robes,” to create a school for Lakota children at the southern end of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Over 130 years later, the organization that bears his name—Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud)—continues to honor his spirit and his deep commitment to his people. By teaching Lakota history and spirituality, by actively revitalizing the endangered Lakota language, and by creating opportunity for Lakota artists, we are working to deepen understanding of Lakota heritage, culture, and values.

Visit Us at The Heritage Center

We welcome all visitors to join us at Red Cloud—to learn more about the history of the Lakota people and to experience the vibrancy of Lakota arts and culture today.

Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud) is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of the Pine Ridge Reservation, southwest of the majestic Badlands and just north of the Nebraska border. As part of your visit, you will experience Lakota and other Native art exhibits in The Heritage Center gallery. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase authentic Native-made goods in The Heritage Center’s gift shop—and help to provide a sustainable source of income for local Lakota artists on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

During the summer, visitors can experience the Red Cloud Indian Art Show—the largest and longest-running Native art exhibition of its kind and one of only a few held in an indigenous community.

The Heritage Center Hours

UPDATED Winter Hours:

Monday – Friday

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday


Take a Guided Tour

The Tour

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Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud) honors both the Catholic and Lakota values which have shaped its history. Join our tour guides, Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud) Alumni, on a tour that includes a walk around campus that includes seeing and hearing about Drexel Hall, our educational programming for our students and our community, a look inside our award-winning Holy Rosary Church, and finally visiting Chief Red Cloud’s memorial gravesite!

Throughout the tour you will learn about:

  • Chief Red Cloud’s vision for a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation—and its extraordinary success in empowering Lakota students today
  • The history of the Lakota people, and the trauma and injustices that unfolded during the reservation era, and the cultural revitalization that is happening on the reservation today.
  • The importance and prevalence of the arts in Lakota communities—and how Lakota artists are keeping traditional practices alive today.

Your Guides

As well as being staff members, our tour guides are all graduates of Maȟpíya Lúta (Red Cloud).

Rilda ’08

Rilda ’08

Director of Community Relations and Marketing
Marcus ’12

Marcus ’12

Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Tour Times

UPDATED Winter Tour Hours:

Monday – Thursday

10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm

Friday – Sunday

No Tours Available

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Price: $14 per person

  • Children under 12 and Oglala Sioux Tribe members tour for free
  • Red Cloud benefactors can receive complimentary tours; please call ahead to schedule.


Please call 605-867-8211 to make your reservation for your group.

Groups of 14 – 40 people are $250.

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Wóphila Tȟáŋka!

(Many Thanks!)