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Shannon County Resources


Cities and Towns


Local Area




Batesland Batesland 43.13 -102.10 3,412
Denby Denby 43.06 -102.34 3,368
Kyle Kyle 43.43 -102.18 2,887
Manderson-White Horse Creek Manderson 43.24 -102.47 3,039
Oglala Oglala 43.19 -102.74 2,997
Pine Ridge Pine Ridge 43.03 -102.56 3,232
Porcupine Wounded Knee 43.24 -102.33 3,200
Red Shirt Red Shirt 43.67 -102.90 2,694
Rockyford Rockyford 43.50 -102.50 2,650
Sharps Corner Sharps Corner 43.39 -102.40 2,990
Slim Butte Slim Butte 43.08 -102.82 3,012
Wakpamani Wakpamani 43.12 -102.15 3,478
Wounded Knee Wounded Knee 43.14 -102.37 3,243



Local Area



Feather on Head Cemetery Wakpamani 43.03 -102.16
Holy Cross Cemetery Pine Ridge 43.02 -102.55
Knight Cemetery Two Lance Lake 43.10 -102.12
Lamont Cemetery Manderson SW 43.10 -102.41
Little Soldier or Cleveland Memorial Cemetery  Pine Ridge
Mediator Cemetery Yellow Bear Camp SW 43.37 -102.21
Messiah Episcopal Cemetery Wounded Knee
Native American Cemetery Denby 43.09 -102.35
Our Lady of Good Council Cemetery Oglala
Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery (Catholic) Porcupine
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery Pine Ridge
Presbyterian Cemetery Oglala
Presbyterian Cemetery Pine Ridge
Presbyterian Cemetery Wounded Knee
Running Hawk Family Plat Cemetery Pine Ridge
Sacred Heart Cemetery Wounded Knee
Saint Ann Catholic Cemetery Manderson SW 43.04 -102.40
Saint Barbara Cemetery Kyle
Saint James Cemetery Oglala 43.14 -102.64
Saint Julia Cemetery Wounded Knee 43.25 -102.34
Saint Luke Cemetery Evergreen NE 43.38 -102.37
Saint Mary Magdalene Cemetery Imlay SW 43.51 -102.47
Saint Matthew Episcopal Cemetery (Swords) Pine Ridge
Saint Stephen Cemetery (Catholic) Kyle
Saint Paul Cemetery Manderson 43.19 -102.43
Saint Peter's Cemetery Oglala
Slim Buttes Catholic Cemetery Pine Ridge
Tashnke-Ko-Ki-Pa-Pi Cemetery Pine Ridge SW 43.12 -102.66


Roman Catholic Diocese of Rapid City

If you are trying to locate records for ancestors who were Catholics you may want to contact the diocese for help in locating who may have these records. The link will take you to their website. If you use the parish locator in the upper left side of the site, click on the west side and find parishes in Shannon County. They include email addresses of contact people.

Episcopal Church Diocese

From the link above you should go to the table of contents and the church directory to find local churches and the contact information. They should be able to tell you when the church began and who has the records.

Presbyterian Church of South Dakota, Synod of Lakes and Praries

At this link is an email address where you can write for more information. This site did not show any churches in Shannon County, but other sites have listed the ones below, including a site that listed Native American Congregations, and said this area was part of this Synod. 



Local Area



Christ the King Catholic Porcupine
Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Pine Ridge
Church of the Mediator Episcopal Kyle
Church of the Messiah Episcopal Wounded Knee
First United Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Wounded Knee 43.24 -102.31
Holy Cross Church Episcopal Pine Ridge
Holy Guardian Angel Church Slim Butte 43.06 -102.81
Holy Rosary Catholic Pine Ridge
Makasan Church Slim Butte NE 43.19 -102.79
Our Lady of Good Council Church Willow Creek 43.31 -102.79
Our Lady of Lourdes Mission Catholic Wounded Knee 43.24 -102.34
Our Lady of the Sioux Church Catholic Oglala 43.19 -102.73
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Kyle
Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Pine Ridge
Rockyford Church Sharps Corner 43.49 -102.48
Sacred Heart Catholic Wounded Knee
Saint Albans Church Episcopal Evergreen 43.32 -102.37
Saint Andrew Chapel Episcopal Wakpamani 43.03 -102.14
Saint Barbaras Church Imlay SE 43.61 -102.27
Saint Barnabas Church Episcopal Kyle 43.40 -102.16
St Barnabas Catholic Red Shirt Table
Saint James Church Episcopal Oglala 43.13 -102.68
Saint John Chapel Episcopal Willow Creek 43.27 -102.82
Saint Julia Church Episcopal Evergreen 43.25 -102.34
Saint Luke Church Sharps Corner 43.38 -102.38
Saint Mark Church Rockyford 43.42 -102.56
Saint Mary's Church Rockyford SE 43.31 -102.57
Saint Matthew Church Slim Butte 43.08 -102.79
Saint Michael's Church Episcopal Batesland
Saint Paul Church Catholic Evergreen SW 43.36 -102.38
Saint Peter Church Episcopal Oglala 43.17 -102.73
Saint Peter Church Rockyford 43.40 -102.52
Saint Phillip Church Evergreen SW 43.29 -102.48
Saint Stephan Church Catholic Kyle 43.49 -102.22
Saint Thomas Church Episcopal Manderson
Swallow Church Slim Butte NW 43.16 -102.99
Wildwood Church Slim Butte NE 43.15 -102.79

Court Houses

Shannon County Clerk
906 N. St.
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1387
Telephone: (605) 745-5132



State Historical Society Library

The State Archives library is open to the public from 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Out of town patrons should consider calling ahead (605-773-3804) for confirmation of hours before making a trip to the archives. Patrons doing on-site research are asked to register on their initial visit and sign in on a daily basis. Limited assistance is provided by one staff person and volunteers. Archives staff can help locate pertinent sources, but usually cannot assist with personal research. Stack areas are closed to the public. Materials may be used in the reading room, but may not be checked out. There is no fee to use library and archives material on site, but there are reproduction fees. Staff perform all photocopy functions, while the microfilm reader/printers are self serve. (Consult current fee schedule for prices.) Free parking is available.

Oglala Lakota College (Native American Tribal Government)

 P.O. Box 310, Kyle, SD 57752-0310 (physical address: 490 Piya Wiconi, Kyle), (605)455-2321  

The following libraries are not actually in Shannon County, but near enough that they may have records useful in researching your family history

Gordon City Library    

Siouxland Library

Rapid City Library


Red Cloud School District

Shannon County School District





Cain Creek School Bouquet Table 43.64 -102.28
Cuny Table School Cuny Table East 43.51 -102.66
Gull School Sharps Corner 43.47 -102.46
Holy Rosary School Pine Ridge 43.08 -102.59
Indian School Number 11 Rockyford SE 43.31 -102.57
Little Wound School Kyle 43.43 -102.17
Oglala School Pine Ridge 43.02 -102.57
Oglala School Slim Butte NE 43.20 -102.77
Steele School Rockyford 43.45 -102.54

Vital Records

Contact the county Registrar of Deeds for some records created before 1905. Records of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths from 1905 on file with the State Department of Health, Vital Records in Pierre, South Dakota. At this state site you can learn fees and print out forms to order vital records.

The Shannon County Registrar of Deeds can provide vital records, some before 1905.

You can search for birth records over 100 years old online at the State of South Dakota Birth Record Search Page.



Pine Ridge

I-News Article from Sept. 2003 which describes the conditions on the reservation

Pine Ridge Reservation

Description of trip made by Thomas Henry. It will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect when you visit the reservation.

South Dakota Office of Tourism and Travel

Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Region. Free Vacation Guide, Calendar of Events, Visitor Services Directory, Packages and coupons, and more.

Wakpamni Bed and Breakfast

Wakpamni Bed & Breakfast is located on the Bar-O-Bar Farm on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, three miles east and one half mile south of the junction of highways 18 and 391, close to the Wakpamni Lake Community, an Oglala Lakota village.  Owned and hosted by Larry and Betty Swick.