Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

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The Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is a federally recognized tribe of Yankton Western Dakota people, located in South Dakota. Their Dakota name is Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate, meaning “People of the End Village.”

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The tribe maintains a free-ranging bison herd.


The tribe headquartered in Marty, South Dakota and is governed by a democratically-elected tribal council. Their original constitution was ratified in 1891.

The current administration is as follows:

  • Chairman: Thurman Cournoyer
  • Treasurer: Leo O’Connor
  • Secretary: Glenford “Sam” Sully
  • Councilman: Nick Cournoyer
  • Councilman: Jason Cooke
  • Councilwoman: Gail Hubbeling.
  • Reservation

    The tribe’s reservation is the Yankton Indian Reservation, established in 1853 in Charles Mix County, South Dakota. Most of the tribe moved onto the reservation in the 1860s.

    Economic development

    The tribe owns and operates the Fort Randall Casino and Hotel in Pickstown, South Dakota, as well as Lucky Lounge and Four Directions Restaurant.

    Other major employers include Indian Health Services, the tribe itself, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Marty Indian School.

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