The Lakota tribes primarily reside in Indian reservations in South Dakota. These Native American tribes originally lived in the northern Great Plains of the North American continent in present-day lands that include Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Lakota Indians are part of the three major divisions of the Sioux tribal nation. Due to constant warfare and territorial disputes with outsiders, the Lakota tribes were forced to move from their traditional homelands, with their dwindling population becoming concentrated in South Dakota.
The Great Sioux Reservation established in South Dakota in the 1860s has been divided into smaller reservations, which include Rosebud, Pine Creek, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Standing Rock and Cheyenne River. As of 2015, around half of the Lakota population are found in these locations.