South Dakota

Get facts and photos about the 40th state.

People arrived in what is now South Dakota at least 13,000 years ago. Thousands of years later, Native American tribes such as the Cheyenne, Arikara, Ponca, Lakota, and Dakota Sioux lived on the land. Today nine Native American tribes still reside in South Dakota.


South Dakota MC Perry the ring-necked pheasant shows Barry the bald eagle around South Dakota. The Monument State features some incredible landmarks and natural wonders. Home to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota was explored by Lewis and Clark and has a story you won't believe.