First Lakota and Native-owned museum opens in Rapid City

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - After a year, Lakota Dream Museum has come to past

" About a year and a half ago, I was sitting in my college dorm room and I always thought you know we have one of the greatest cultures throughout American history and world history but we don't have a place we can call home," said Adonis Saltes, president of Lakota Dream.

The 23-year-old walked us through what is known to be the first Native owned and operated museum in Rapid City.

"This is my favorite exhibition in the museum. What we are looking at right now is one of the four white buffalo calves ever known to this century to be born" he said.

From the top to the bottom, Lakota Dream is home to a handful of sacred relics and the Native regalia that we may think we know so well.

"We wanted to paint the face black and red because if you look back in the history, one of our great chiefs rain the face, that's the way he use to paint his face," Saltes continued.

At the museum, you do not just see it, you experience the culture through the tales of the people.

"If you want oral tradition from our people, this is the place to be," Saltes said.

Hundreds have already started to gain new knowledge about the culture.

"The great Billy Mills, the tribal president, you know they all had great words to speak the last couple of days and what we all sat down and agreed on was this place can really change the world," Saltes said.

Saltes says he hopes to reach the minds and hearts of many others who will walk through the doors.

"It doesn't matter who you are big, tall, whatever color you are, whatever person you are we all need to come through this place and read the history so we don't repeat the mistakes going forward," he expressed.

To learn more about the dream and what else Saltes has in the works, visit