Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport


Travel South Dakota launched the Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport in June 2023, the fourth free mobile-exclusive pass in our partnership with Bandwango. Tribal Nations was created to expand visitors' horizons with stops that include art, tours, performances and more designed to celebrate and honor Indigenous culture. Using gamification, the passport encourages people to discover more about the Oceti Sakowin Oyate (People of Seven Council Fires) in South Dakota.



With the pass, visitors and locals can check in to designated Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin locations to accumulate points based on the number of locations visited and to redeem points for free prizes. The program delivery is seamless, with no app download needed. Instead, the pass is simply accessed through Participant location redemption is followed through GPS-based tracking, with prize redemption tracked within the participant’s passport application. Prizes are then shipped directly to participants.


This free program is designed to attract visitors to lesser-known sites throughout South Dakota, at no cost to participating businesses, events and locations. Points are accrued through location check-ins, each stop is worth 10 points. Prizes range from custom South Dakota posters (100 points) to an ENO Hammock and accessories (500 points). For more information, check out our official Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin page on

South Dakota Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport

How It Works

The passport is a mobile-exclusive passport with no purchase necessary. Participants sign up to access the passport on and receive an email confirmation to view their passport. The location redemption process is GPS-based, with visitors simply checking in to each location from their phone’s home screen.

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The Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport and points gathered through check-ins expire on April 1, 2024. Following April 1, 2024, passport holders are required to register for the passport again.



Locations Materials

Each featured business is provided with a Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin window cling and poster (examples, below). Businesses should display one or both of these elements prominently so visitors know they’ve found the correct location. Redemption instructions should be kept on hand for employees to reference if visitors have questions about the program. Download this PDF:

Redemption Instructions for South Dakota Passports

Download PDF of Tribal Nations Poster

South Dakota Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport window cling and poster

Passport Elements

As a key component of Travel South Dakota's marketing campaigns, the Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport will receive strong promotion through Travel South Dakota-owned channels. The passports will be promoted on with website personalization efforts, social media pushes and email program callouts, along with display and social promotion through paid media efforts.

How to Promote

Travel South Dakota is excited to promote the Tribal Nations: Oceti Sakowin Passport through paid and owned media; however, it's appreciated when others want to assist in promoting the program. Here are a few ways in which communities, businesses and locals can promote the passport programs:

  • Request Collateral: Travel South Dakota has posters and bookmarks providing visitors with an overview of the passport program & prizes. Businesses may request posters and/or bookmarks to display by contacting Travel South Dakota.South Dakota Passports poster and bookmark
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  • Share on Social: Being a location on the passport provides bragging rights. Businesses, events and locations can share the great news with their social followers. Tout that the passport will bring locals and visitors alike to your community and businesses. In need of a social media image? Download one of these badges - coming soon.
  • Spread the Word: If you are a current passport location or local business, share with visitors the next nearest passport location, assisting passport holders to continue their journey or simply to start their passport adventure.

How to Get Involved

Would you consider your business a hidden gem in the Indigenous community of South Dakota? Do you know of one we should include? Each 12-month cycle, Travel South Dakota will revamp each passport with new businesses, events and/or locations. We’d love to potentially add your recommendations to the program in the future! Contact Alexa Dorn with Travel South Dakota for more information.



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For more information, please contact Alexa Dorn, Marketing Campaigns & Projects Manager, at 605-400-1450 or [email protected].


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