Majestic Badlands, rolling grassland hills, dryland prairie and areas dotted with pine trees await visitors to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where they’ll learn of ancient legends, colorful history and heritage as old and wondrous as the surrounding Badlands.
Home of the Oglala Lakota Nation or Oglala Sioux Tribe, the reservation covers 11,000 square miles (approximately 2.2 million acres) in southwestern South Dakota. The reservation borders the Nebraska state line to the south, Rosebud Indian Reservation to the east and Badlands National Park to the north. Tribal headquarters is in the town of Pine Ridge. The Oglala, or Scatter Their Own, are one of the seven bands of the Titowan (Lakota) division of the Great Sioux Nation.
There are three diverse geographic regions within the reservation. The southern and eastern sections consist of picturesque grassy plains. The west-central section merges with the small eastern spurs of the Black Hills. The result is an area of rolling pine-covered hills and ridges, providing the inspiration for the name Pine Ridge. To the north of the wooded area are approximately 160,000 acres of the Badlands National Park.
The Wakpamni Lake Community is a local government under the Oglala Sioux Tribe. WLCC is incorporated under and governed by the laws of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and the regulations of the Wakpamni Lake Community.
The Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation is the economic development arm of the Wakpamni Lake Community local government, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe has nine District governments (comparable to a county government) and each District has several Community governments within it (comparable to a municipal government). The Wakpamni Lake Community is a tribal community/municipal government, within the Wakpamni District of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. It owns the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation, which is responsible for the economic development activities of the Wakpamni Lake Community.