Lakota Tribe

By: Gio B

Who are the Lakota Indians?

The Lakota Indians are a tribal Native America group that resides in the northern part of the United States. The Lakota Indian's primary location is in South Dakota and North Dakota. Furthermore, this particular Indian tribe speaks the Lakota language, which is a dialect of the Sioux tribal group.

Location of the Lakota Tribe

The majority of the Lakota Indians reside on one of five Indian reservations situated in the Dakotas. Furthermore, Montana and parts of Canada also have a large Lakota population. While living within the boundaries of the reservation, the Lakota Indians are governed by their own set of laws. Hence, the tribal group has a separate political system, police department, education system, etc.


The Siouan languages are spoken in the USA and Canada by a total of some 23,000 people. There is considerable mutual intelligibility between the Lakota and Dakota languages, but relatively limited mutual intellibility between the other Siouan languages.

Religious Belief

The Lakota Indians have strong cultural and spiritual ties. For the most part, the Indians strive to preserve their way of life. From youth, parents train their children in the values and morals of their tribal group.

Lifestyle (Men and Women)

Lakota women were in charge of the home. Besides cooking and cleaning, a Lakota woman built her family's house and dragged the heavy posts with her whenever the tribe moved. Houses belonged to the women in the Lakota tribes. Men were hunters and warriors, responsible for feeding and defending their families. Usually only men became Lakota chiefs, but both genders took part in storytelling, artwork and music, and traditional medicine.

Lifestyle (Children)

Many Lakota children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian children had more chores and less time to play, just like early colonists' children.

Important Events

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