South Dakota residents and visitors alike are able to better acquaint themselves with Native American culture at the Buffalo Interpretive Center. The Center is operated by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and is located seven miles southeast of Fort Pierre on S.D. Highway 1806 – which is also a part of the Native American Scenic Byway.
Visitors to the Buffalo Interpretive Center have the opportunity to learn about the importance of the bison to Native American culture from a variety of educational exhibits, and to view a herd of bison from the large windows of the Center.
The Center houses a great collection of educational programming, such as hands-on exhibits and interpretive videos, as well as a gift shop that offers products created by Native American artists. Occasionally, there are artists’ demonstrations of the techniques used to create their arts and crafts.
The herd of bison dwells on 6,200 acres of land owned by the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. Occasionally visitors are able to see them from the windows inside the Center. Tours of the pasture are also offered by the facility.
Since opening in 2004, the Buffalo Interpretive Center strives to “further cross-cultural understanding by teaching the story of the buffalo, its importance and significance to Native American culture, and its relationship to the people of the Lower Brule Tribe.” For a small admission fee, visitors are welcome to take part in this educational and cultural opportunity.
The Center is open year-round on weekdays, weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to call the Center at 605-223-2260 or 888-323-2260 for current hours of operations.
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