The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) is an Indian-controlled nonprofit research and education center that is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of American Indian communities and issues important to them by developing quality educational resources and innovative projects that acknowledge and incorporate tribal perspectives, and by serving as a meeting ground for peoples and ideas that support those perspectives. CAIRNS also provides quality evaluation services for projects dealing with American Indians and Indian communities and offers cultural awareness training to organizations and institutions. CAIRNS was founded in 2004 and is located at Wingsprings in the Lacreek District of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, near Martin, South Dakota.



L-R: Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) homeland, ca. 1792, Titonwan (Lakota) lands, 1868, 1877, 1889, and 1992.



28649 226th Avenue

Post Office Box 448

Martin, SD 57551

[605] 685-6484





American Indian

Old World.


American Indian

New World.

Summer 2014 Workshops

CAIRNS and the South Dakota Art Museum to offer two exciting opportunities to explore Lakota history and culture. Oceti Sakowin History & Culture is a half-day seminar the morning of June 17, 2014. Lakota Arts+Identities is a three-day workshop June  17-19, 2014. Both of these offerings are hosted by the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Early registration ends 16 May 2014.