A place for art, education, preservation, economic development, culture and history.

There is no other place like The Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. And because of this, the Center, located on the campus of Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, has become a model and source of inspiration for many of the Lakota people—and visitors from all across the globe—who wish to honor and celebrate the Lakota culture, Native art, and our historic, significant collection.

One of the earliest cultural centers and museums located on an Indian reservation in the United States, The Heritage Center represents the rich and storied heritage of North America’s Native community and the skill and creativity that remain mainstays of the local Lakota and other Native American cultures. We take special pride in our work to strengthen cultural pride and celebrate, as well as preserve, the local Lakota culture and artistic tradition.

We are more than just a museum or art gallery. We are also an economic engine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. With rates of up to 80 percent unemployment here, the Lakota community faces challenging economic and social conditions in southwestern South Dakota. Yet through the Center’s renowned gift shop and online store, our local artists are empowered to increase their own economic self-sufficiency by making their incredible work available to a wider community… and in doing so, preserve their work and extend appreciation for their artistry to all corners of the globe.


News from The Heritage center

Visiting Poet Series Spurs Students’ Passion for Spoken Word

posted April 20, 2016
Spoken word—an art form that combines poetry with performance—has captured the hearts and minds of Red Cloud Indian School students. Many have written and performed their own poetry through Tȟéča Wówapi Káǧa Okȟólakičhiye...Read More

The Heritage Center Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

posted April 13, 2016
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower...Read More

A New Community Storytelling Project Launches on Campus

posted March 21, 2016
Today, fourth graders are learning about the power of storytelling in their own lives—and for their own generation. With support from the Better Way Foundation and the Indian Mission School Network, the fourth grade classrooms are launching “Our Community Story"...Read More

Arstist Profile: Bryan Douglas Parker, Winner of the Simon Award

posted March 18, 2016
As a child growing up outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, artist Bryan Parker was constantly drawing. After high school, craving direction, Bryan enlisted in the Army. He spent 14 months deployed in Iraq, but he never forgot his love of art and self-expression...Read More

Major Grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation Support Innovative Exhibition

posted February 29, 2016
For the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people who make up the Seven Councils Fire, the horse is more than just an animal. Rather than a tool used for work or travel, the horse has been cherished as kin since its reintroduction to North America more than three centuries ago...Read More

Tanaya Winder to Perform Spoken Word Poetry

posted February 5, 2016
Native poet and artist Tanaya Winder will perform her spoken word poetry at a free performance Wednesday evening March 2, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Cuny Commons at Red Cloud Indian School...Read More

New Exhibit Looks at the Evolution of Lakota Quilting

posted February 4, 2016
The Heritage Center’s gallery walls are now covered with vibrant, intricate quilts.Some feature the traditional sunburst design of the Lakota quilts that are often presented as ceremonial gifts to honor or remember loved ones...Read More

2nd Annual Red Cloud Indian Youth Art Show is Now Accepting Submissions

posted December 4, 2015
The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School is proud to announce submission are now open for the 2nd Annual Tȟéča Tȟawókaǧe (Young People’s Creations)...Read More