Lower Sioux Agency

Located in the heart of the Dakota homeland, the Lower Sioux Agency was established in 1853 as a U.S. government administrative center for the Mdewakanton and Wahpekute Bands of Dakota. Late payments and rising tensions led to the first organized attack of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.


Field Trips to the Lower Sioux Agency


This site is managed by the Lower Sioux Indian Community.

Field Trip Options

School Tours

Walk the trails, see the 1861 stone warehouse, and tour exhibits about Dakota culture, U.S. treaties, and a war that changed our nation. Cultural and historical presentations, outreach programming and classroom presentations available year-round.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool
Cost: $4 per student