Dakota, Sioux of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 129,808

ROP3 Code: 102396
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Dakota - (dak)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Rapid City, SD - 7,214

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Dakota Sioux people include the Eastern Dakota people, known as the Santee, and the Western Dakota, known as the Yankton-Yanktonai. Today, the Sioux maintain many separate tribal governments scattered across several reservations, communities, and reserves in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana in the United States; and Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan in Canada.

The two Dakota Sioux groups speak a mutually intelligible dialects. Moreover, the Dakota language and the Lakota language are mutually intelligible.

The Sioux's spiritual worldview consists of aminism, polytheism and shamanism. For them, nature is sacred. Everything exists within Wakan Tanka, "The Great Spirit," that holds power over everything that has and still exists. Wakan Tanka is life itself and manifests in the sun, moon, stars, and earth, and everthing lives in the shelter of the "world tree."

Prayer Points

  • Pray for evangelical Dakota Sioux to be a light in word and deed for the Dakota Sioux people.
  • Pray as evangelical Dakota Sioux live among other Native American tribes that they will boldly share the gospel and plant churches.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesRapid CityRapid CitySD7,214
United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100