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The Heritage Center

The Heritage Center at Maȟpíya Lúta began in 1969 as the Red Cloud Indian Art Show. Today, The Heritage Center has a gift shop featuring the art of over 300 Native Artists, a renowned Native art collection containing nearly 13,000 pieces, a gallery hosting 2-3 exhibits a year, the annual art show, and much more.

Our Mission

The Heritage Center at Maȟpíya Lúta, a Catholic (Jesuit) mission in service to the Lakȟóta people on the Pine Ridge Reservation, honors, celebrates, and strengthens a thriving Oglala Lakȟóta culture through the arts.


Red Cloud Indian Art Show

The Heritage Center at Mahpiya Luta | Red Cloud hosts the Art Show for ten weeks each summer. All the artwork is for sale, with the proceeds used to support individual artists as well as the work of The Heritage Center.

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Maȟpíya Lúta and The Heritage Center welcomes visitors year-round to learn the history of the Lakȟóta people and the vibrancy of Lakȟóta arts and culture today. Tours include a walk around campus that includes learning about history, current programming for students and community, a look inside our award-winning Holy Rosary Church, exploring the gallery and gift shop of The Heritage Center, and more!

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The Heritage Center Construction Updates

In 2019, Mahpiya Luta’s Board of Directors launched a master planning process to ensure the organization’s future success, prioritizing various capital and operational projects. Among these were the imperative needs for a new facility for The Heritage Center (THC).

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The Heritage Center collection began with the purchase of three prize-winning pieces from the Red Cloud Indian Art Show in 1969, and has grown today to include nearly 13,000 pieces of the Native American contemporary and historical Lakota art.

If you wish to visit the collection, please contact Ashely Pourier at (605) 867-5491 ext. 2249 or email at [email protected].

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