New museum spotlights Lakota history and culture

A new museum opened its doors in Rapid City on Saturday – dedicated to the history and culture of the Lakota people.

More than 100 people attended the grand opening of the Lakota Dream Museum and Monument. The museum is the first Lakota-owned and operated museum and cultural education center.

The museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving Lakota artifacts and telling the history of the Lakota people from their point-of-view.

While many of the displays focus on conflict with the U.S. Government, museum patrons say that it is only by confronting those conflicts that old wounds can be healed.

“This museum has the capability to teach what locked us out, how we’re locked out,” said Billy Mills, Olympic gold medalist and honorary museum board member. “It’s not to create anger, but to say do we truly want to come together as a country and form this incredible democracy to show the world how humans can live.”

The museum is located at 629 Main Street in downtown Rapid City. It is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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