Upcoming Events & News
  • March 1 - Spring Opening!
    April 4 - Museum Day 2020.  Click on the Smithsonian Website for free tickets for two adults!
  • April 16 - Author Phyllis Cole-Dai will give a multimedia presentation on her latest novel, Beneath the Same Stars at 6:00pm in the Boehnen Memorial Museum
  • June 11 - The students from the University of Exeter and Augustana University arrive for the annual summer field school.  Come and watch as they continue the excavations of this 1,000 year-old village overlooking beautiful Lake Mitchell.
  • June 27 & 28 - Archeology Days!  Our biggest event of the year showcasing archaeology awareness, primitive technology, and Native American culture.
  • July 25 - 2nd Annual Native American Lore and Culture Day.  This event is geared for children, young and old, where they can learn how to make corn husk dolls, play the ancient games of the Lakota people, make pottery, listen to storytellers, and much more!
  • September 5 & 6 - Paleo Games!  This is an atlatl throwing competition, held under the guidelines of the World Atlatl Association.  More details about this big new event to come soon!

As a non-profit, we know how difficult it can be when it comes to offering great deals to our firends and followers.  That is why we are so excited to offer all schools FREE school tours!!  Many thanks to the Samuel F. Weller Family Foundation and the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, all students and teachers who attend the Village as part of a school field trip will be admitted for FREE!  Schools must book tours in advance of their field trip date to qualify for this wonderful offer.


Your support is important to the 1,700 schoolchildren who visit our site each year!

Located at

3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301

Just 5 minutes northwest of the Corn Palace!



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The novel corona virus has been our common bond with peoples from around the world and we must all be diligent in our efforts to stop this virus.  Therefore, the Prehistoric Indian Village will be closed until further notice.  The following events have been postponed:

National Museum Day - postponed until further notice

Phyllis Cole-Dai, The Dakota Wars of 1862 Seen through the Eyes of Sarah Wakefield - postponed until further notice.

We all look forward to hosting you and your families as soon as authorities deem it safe to leave our homes.  Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.







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