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Oyate Trail



Where Cultures Meet The concept of a scenic route to the Black Hills and beyond has been around since before the Missouri River was dammed, when Rushmore Mountain only had George Washington carved in it. Since the day South Dakota could boast of having a “fully improved road” along its southern border, South Dakotans have been promoting it. The Oyate Trail of today turns off I-29 at Vermillion and heads west on Highways 50 and 18 to Edgemont near the Wyoming border. Along the way, travellers are treated to a surprising array of diverse geography, from farmland to ranchland, past the Badlands to the foothills of the Black Hills themselves. For anyone who has ever felt that there is nothing between Sioux Falls and Rapid City except six hours, this 388 mile stretch of highway offers a unique alternative to interstate travel, with cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian and European Immigrants.

For more information, contact: P.O. Box 268, Winner, SD 57580 www.oyatetrail.com

Tyndall

North Sioux City 605-232-4510

• Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve • “ The Strip” gaming establishments • Veterans Memorial • Walking & Biking Trails

Elk Point

• • • • • •

www.elkpoint.org Union County Historical Museum Edgar's Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Elk Point Country Club - golf course/pools Lewis & Clark Wayside Exhibit - Heritage Park Lewis & Clark Heritage Days (Aug) Heritage Days Music Festival (July)

Vermillion

www.vermillionchamber.com

• “ Old Main” • National Music Museum • Spirit Mound • Valiant Vineyards • W.H. Over Museum

Yankton

www.yanktonsd.com • Dakota Territorial Museum • Historic Downtown Yankton • Lewis & Clark Lake & Gavins Point Dam • Meridian Trails System • Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival (Aug) • Dakota Theatre (Year Round) • Meridian Trails Days (May) • Fourth of July Fireworks

Tabor

www.taborczechdays.com • Blachnik Museum • Czech Days (June) • St. Wenceslaus Church & Cemetery

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www.tyndallsd.com Bon Homme Country Heritage Museum Historic Buildings Hot Dog Days (June) Crazy Days/Mud Races (Aug)

Wagner

www.cityofwagner.org • Charles Mix County Historical Museum • Wagner Lake (walk & bike trail) • Wagner Speedway - Stock Car Racing (Apr-Sept) • Wagner Senior Games (June) • Annual Labor Day Celebration

Marty

• Marty Indian School • St. Paul Catholic Parish

Bonesteel

www.gregorycounty.org • Scalp Creek • Whetstone Bay • Historic Battle of Bonesteel Site • Christmas Fair (Oct) • Powder River Days (Nov)

Herrick

www.gregorycounty.org • Herrick Lake & Lake Berry • Ponca Dam • National Register Buildings • Herrick Squeal Meal (July) • Milk’s Camp Traditional Powwow (July)

Burke

www.gregorycounty.org Burke Lake • Indian Burial Mounds Lucas-Buchanan Sanitarium Sully Flats Cemetery Cruise Night & Burnout Contest (June) Burke Stampede Rodeo (July) Dog Days (Aug) • Winter Wonderland (Dec)

• 1858 Treaty Monument • Historic Greenwood

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www.pickstownsd.com • Fort Randall, Chapel & Cemetery • Fort Randall Dam (tours) • Fort Randall Casino • Missouri River National Recreational River • Mundt National Eagle Refuge

www.cityofgregory.com • Gregory Buttes Observation Park & Walking Trails • Oscar Micheaux Center • Pheasant Park • Fourth of July Celebration • Oscar Micheaux Festival (Aug) • Mid Winter Fair (Nov)

www.gregorycounty.org • Camping • City Park • East Gregory County Historical Museum • Fairfax Lake (fishing & boating)

www.gregorycounty.org • Gregory County Historical Museum • Carnegie Library • Historic Water Tower • Dallas Days • Northern Bull Riding Tour

Greenwood

Pickstown

Fairfax

Gregory

Dallas

Co lome

605-842-0853 • City Park • Legacy Park with commemorative walkway

Winner

www.winnersd.org • Drive In Theater • Leahy Bowl (baseball) • Tripp County Museum • Walking Trails • Regional High School Rodeo (June) • Bull-a-rama (Aug) • Mid Dakota Fair (Aug) • Labor Day Celebration • Parade of Lights (Nov)

Mission

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605-856-4499 Eagle Feather Lake • Spotted Tail Park Antelope Fair (July) • Todd County Fair Welcome Neighbor Day Rodeo & Powwow (Aug)

Rosebud Reservation

www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov • Sinte Gleska University www.sintegleska.edu Sicangu Heritage Center University Buffalo Herd Founder’s Day Powwow (Feb) • Crazy Horse Canyon • Ft. Messiah • Ghost Hawk Park • Natural Stone Bridge • Birthplace of Ben Riefel • Community Powwows & Rodeos (June-Sept) • Annual Rosebud Fair (Aug)

Rosebud Casino

www.rosebudcasino.com • Fourth of July Powwow

St. Francis Mission

www.sfmission.org • Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum • St. Charles Catholic Church

Martin

www.martinsd.net • Heritage Center Museum • Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge • Bennett County Fair, Rodeo & Powwow (Aug) • Chili Supper (Nov) • Parade of Lights (Dec)

Batesland

www.wakpamni.com • Wounded Knee Massacre Site • Wakpamni Lake Powwow (July)

Pine Ridge

www.pineridgechamber.com • Ogalalla Lakota Historical Center • Red Cloud Heritage Center • White River Visitor Center • Wounded Knee Site

Hot Springs

www.hotsprings-sd.com • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary • Fall River Freedom Trail • Mammoth Site • Wind Cave National Park • Evans Plunge • Fall River County Fair, Freedom Ride/Poker Run (Aug) • Pioneer Museum Harvest Festival (Sept) • Poetry & Music Gathering & Rodeo (Sept) • Artoberfest (Oct) • Christmas in the Hills (Dec) Brochure produced by Southeast South Dakota Tourism - 1-888-353-7382


Oyate Trail



Where Cultures Meet The concept of a scenic route to the Black Hills and beyond has been around since before the Missouri River was dammed, when Rushmore Mountain only had George Washington carved in it. Since the day South Dakota could boast of having a “fully improved road” along its southern border, South Dakotans have been promoting it. The Oyate Trail of today turns off I-29 at Vermillion and heads west on Highways 50 and 18 to Edgemont near the Wyoming border. Along the way, travellers are treated to a surprising array of diverse geography, from farmland to ranchland, past the Badlands to the foothills of the Black Hills themselves. For anyone who has ever felt that there is nothing between Sioux Falls and Rapid City except six hours, this 388 mile stretch of highway offers a unique alternative to interstate travel, with cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian and European Immigrants.

For more information, contact: P.O. Box 268, Winner, SD 57580 www.oyatetrail.com

Tyndall

North Sioux City 605-232-4510

• Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve • “ The Strip” gaming establishments • Veterans Memorial • Walking & Biking Trails

Elk Point

• • • • • •

www.elkpoint.org Union County Historical Museum Edgar's Old Fashioned Soda Fountain Elk Point Country Club - golf course/pools Lewis & Clark Wayside Exhibit - Heritage Park Lewis & Clark Heritage Days (Aug) Heritage Days Music Festival (July)

Vermillion

www.vermillionchamber.com

• “ Old Main” • National Music Museum • Spirit Mound • Valiant Vineyards • W.H. Over Museum

Yankton

www.yanktonsd.com • Dakota Territorial Museum • Historic Downtown Yankton • Lewis & Clark Lake & Gavins Point Dam • Meridian Trails System • Riverboat Days & Summer Arts Festival (Aug) • Dakota Theatre (Year Round) • Meridian Trails Days (May) • Fourth of July Fireworks

Tabor

www.taborczechdays.com • Blachnik Museum • Czech Days (June) • St. Wenceslaus Church & Cemetery

• • • •

www.tyndallsd.com Bon Homme Country Heritage Museum Historic Buildings Hot Dog Days (June) Crazy Days/Mud Races (Aug)

Wagner

www.cityofwagner.org • Charles Mix County Historical Museum • Wagner Lake (walk & bike trail) • Wagner Speedway - Stock Car Racing (Apr-Sept) • Wagner Senior Games (June) • Annual Labor Day Celebration

Marty

• Marty Indian School • St. Paul Catholic Parish

Bonesteel

www.gregorycounty.org • Scalp Creek • Whetstone Bay • Historic Battle of Bonesteel Site • Christmas Fair (Oct) • Powder River Days (Nov)

Herrick

www.gregorycounty.org • Herrick Lake & Lake Berry • Ponca Dam • National Register Buildings • Herrick Squeal Meal (July) • Milk’s Camp Traditional Powwow (July)

Burke

www.gregorycounty.org Burke Lake • Indian Burial Mounds Lucas-Buchanan Sanitarium Sully Flats Cemetery Cruise Night & Burnout Contest (June) Burke Stampede Rodeo (July) Dog Days (Aug) • Winter Wonderland (Dec)

• 1858 Treaty Monument • Historic Greenwood

• • • • • •

www.pickstownsd.com • Fort Randall, Chapel & Cemetery • Fort Randall Dam (tours) • Fort Randall Casino • Missouri River National Recreational River • Mundt National Eagle Refuge

www.cityofgregory.com • Gregory Buttes Observation Park & Walking Trails • Oscar Micheaux Center • Pheasant Park • Fourth of July Celebration • Oscar Micheaux Festival (Aug) • Mid Winter Fair (Nov)

www.gregorycounty.org • Camping • City Park • East Gregory County Historical Museum • Fairfax Lake (fishing & boating)

www.gregorycounty.org • Gregory County Historical Museum • Carnegie Library • Historic Water Tower • Dallas Days • Northern Bull Riding Tour

Greenwood

Pickstown

Fairfax

Gregory

Dallas

Co lome

605-842-0853 • City Park • Legacy Park with commemorative walkway

Winner

www.winnersd.org • Drive In Theater • Leahy Bowl (baseball) • Tripp County Museum • Walking Trails • Regional High School Rodeo (June) • Bull-a-rama (Aug) • Mid Dakota Fair (Aug) • Labor Day Celebration • Parade of Lights (Nov)

Mission

• • • •

605-856-4499 Eagle Feather Lake • Spotted Tail Park Antelope Fair (July) • Todd County Fair Welcome Neighbor Day Rodeo & Powwow (Aug)

Rosebud Reservation

www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov • Sinte Gleska University www.sintegleska.edu Sicangu Heritage Center University Buffalo Herd Founder’s Day Powwow (Feb) • Crazy Horse Canyon • Ft. Messiah • Ghost Hawk Park • Natural Stone Bridge • Birthplace of Ben Riefel • Community Powwows & Rodeos (June-Sept) • Annual Rosebud Fair (Aug)

Rosebud Casino

www.rosebudcasino.com • Fourth of July Powwow

St. Francis Mission

www.sfmission.org • Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum • St. Charles Catholic Church

Martin

www.martinsd.net • Heritage Center Museum • Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge • Bennett County Fair, Rodeo & Powwow (Aug) • Chili Supper (Nov) • Parade of Lights (Dec)

Batesland

www.wakpamni.com • Wounded Knee Massacre Site • Wakpamni Lake Powwow (July)

Pine Ridge

www.pineridgechamber.com • Ogalalla Lakota Historical Center • Red Cloud Heritage Center • White River Visitor Center • Wounded Knee Site

Hot Springs

www.hotsprings-sd.com • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary • Fall River Freedom Trail • Mammoth Site • Wind Cave National Park • Evans Plunge • Fall River County Fair, Freedom Ride/Poker Run (Aug) • Pioneer Museum Harvest Festival (Sept) • Poetry & Music Gathering & Rodeo (Sept) • Artoberfest (Oct) • Christmas in the Hills (Dec) Brochure produced by Southeast South Dakota Tourism - 1-888-353-7382


Oyate Trail



Oyate (oh-YAH-tay) in the Dakota/Lakota language, means a people or nation. Ochanku (oh-CHAHNG-koo) means well traveled road. Thus, Oyate Ochanku or Oyate Trail means “ a well traveled road of nations.� The 388 mile highway stretching from Vermillion to Edgemont offers off-the-interstate travelers unique cultural and historical opportunities representing both the Lakota Sioux Indian Nation and European immigrants.

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Spirit Mound

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Wounded Knee

Hot Springs 18

Mammoth Site

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This National Natural Landmark of Hot Springs contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones discovered in their primary context in the world!

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Pine Ridge

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

This memorial near Mission honors the victims of the historic tragedy. Today, the Indian community, National Parks Service, and State of South Dakota are working together on an expanded memorial park.

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Batesland



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Lake Francis Case offers some of the finest conditions for a variety of outdoor recreation, including fishing, camping, boating, water skiing and nature walks.

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Mission Martin

Rosebud Sioux Reservation

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Rosebud

St. Francis

Winner

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Dallas

Gregory Burke Herrick

Rosebud Casino

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Lake Francis Case

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Yankton Indian Reservation

Pickstown Bonesteel 46 Fairfax 281 Marty Greenwood

Spirit Mound, near Vermillion, is one of the few sites where we know with certainty that Lewis & Clark actually stood. Local tribes told them the hill was inhabited by little devils armed with arrows.

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Wagner

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Tyndall

Tabor

Yankton

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Vermillion

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Elk Point North Sioux City

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Oyate Trail  

An off-the-interstate-route through southern South Dakota to the Black Hills that offers travelers unique cultural and historical sights and...

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