The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Canyon Lake Resort and the neighboring non-Indian Badlands Ranch and Resort are partnering to create a four-day, four-night American-Indian theme tour throughout South Dakota.
Tatanka Oyate Tours, named after this western region of Indian Country, begins in Rapid City, journeys through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and stop at Badlands National Park, Wounded Knee Cemetery, Red Cloud Heritage Center and Crazy Horse Memorial, ending in Hot Springs/Southern Black Hills.
In March, Canyon Lake Resort owner Mike Derby was at ITB Berlin, a global travel trade show, with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) to market and sell the tour to German and other European audiences. Derby and the nonprofit highlighted the cultural sensitivity of the new upscale tour package.
Accommodations are offered at the all-inclusive Badlands Ranch Resort, run by the Oglala Empowerment Zone, and include catered meals from Canyon Lake Chophouse, paired with different local wines each night.
Tribal leaders devised the tourism package with the goal of tribal economic development and educating others and Indian youth on Indian Country, history and culture.