Two of the state’s more sparsely populated Indian reservations abut Mobridge to the west. The Standing Rock Indian Reservation covers 562,366 acres of land in South Dakota (it extends into south-central North Dakota). The Cheyenne River Indian Reservation covers 1.4 million acres, making it the second-largest reservation in the state. Adjacent to the Sitting Bull Monument on the bank of the Missouri River, you can find the Grand River Casino & resort
, with more than 15,000 square feet of gambling fun, as well as a lounge, an outdoor amphitheater, and a restaurant, perched high on a bluff overlooking Lake Oahe. The Grand River casino, owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, features slots, blackjack, and poker. The casino walls are decorated with the artwork of Del Iron Cloud. The casino is located 2.5 miles west of Mobridge. For a true Western adventure, tours can be made to see the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe’s buffalo herd, which numbers more than 500. The Lakotas recognize the tatanka’s significance and have incorporated traditional methods of raising buffalo to restore them in a culturally and environmentally sound manner. In Eagle Butte southwest of Mobridge, the H. V. Johnston Cultural Center displays traditional beadwork and murals that depict the Lakota way of life. You also can buy beadwork and paintings by contemporary artists here. The center is located on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The above description is an excerpt from "The Dakotas: Off the Beaten Path." Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, this chapter from the Off the Beaten Path series will help you take the "road less traveled" and discover hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales that most tourists miss.
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