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Oglala Sioux Tribe

Reservation: Pine Ridge Reservation; Oglala Lakota, Bennett, and Jackson Counties
Tribal Headquarters: Pine Ridge, SD
Time Zone: Mountain
Traditional Language: Lakota


Total enrolled members: 38,332
Enrolled members living on reservation: 19,639
Oglala Sioux Tribe's 2010 Statistical Profile (pdf)


Charter: None; Constitution and Bylaws: Yes - IRA
Date Approved: January 15, 1936
Name of Governing Body: Oglala Sioux Tribal Council
Number of Council members: (18) eighteen council members
Dates of Constitutional amendments: December 24, 1969; December 3, 1985; July 11, 1997
Number of Executive Officers: (4) President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer

Oglala Sioux Constitution (PDF)


Current Tribal Leaders


Council shall be composed of councilmen chosen by secret ballot by qualified voters of the tribe. Each district of the reservation shall be entitled to representation on the Tribal Council according to population. All positions serve two year terms. Elections are not staggered, so all elections occur simultaneously. The Secretary, Treasurer, Fifth Member and Sgt-of-Arms will be selected through the Tribal Council Dec 2-12. Election Year 2018-2020

Number of Election districts or communities: 9

Current Tribal Leaders


Quorum number: 2/3 members
There are four meetings in each year in January, April, July, and October.

Education and Media

Tribal College: Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD
Radio: KILI 90.1 FM, Porcupine, SD
Newspapers: Black Hills People’s News, Pine Ridge Village, SD
View the Lakota Country Times

Notable Tribal Members

Red Cloud, an Oglala chief, was a respected warrior and statesman. From 1866-1868, he successfully led the flight to close off the Bozeman Trail, which passed through prime buffalo hunting grounds. Once settled at Pine Ridge, Red Cloud worked to establish a Jesuit-run school for Indian children. He is buried on a hill overlooking the Red Cloud Indian School, which was named in his honor.

In 1964, Billy Mills won the 10,000-meter race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. He was the first American ever to win that race, and he did it in record time. Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota, was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Current President: Julian Bear Runner

Tribal Contact Information

View the Oglala Sioux Tribe's website


PO Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770-2070
Phone (605) 867-5821
Fax (605) 867-1449