Wingsprings Sunrise Days

February 28
October 12

Wingsprings Sunset Days

April 11
August 30

Denizens

Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies

Mailing Address

28649 226th Avenue
Martin, SD 57551

Phone Number

(605) 685-6128

Driving Directions

From Martin, take Highway 18 east approximately 8.2 miles to Mile Marker 157. Turn left, or north, on 226th Avenue, a gravel road. Proceed 2.5 miles north (you will pass 288th Street, but if you reach 286th Street you have gone half a mile too far) to a wire gate on your left, or west, side. From the approach to the gate you can see an airport windsock a little ways into the pasture on the other side of the fence. Go through the gate (then be sure to shut it) and follow the graded road for about a mile. 

From Kadoka, take Highway 73 south to its junction with Highway 18. Turn right, or west, on Highway 18 and proceed 4 miles to Mile Marker 157. Turn right, or north, on 226th Avenue, a gravel road. Proceed 2.5 miles north (you will pass 288th Street, but if you reach 286th Street you have gone half a mile too far) to a wire gate on your left, or west, side. From the approach to the gate you can see an airport windsock a little ways into the pasture on the other side of the fence. Go through the gate (then be sure to shut it) and follow the graded road for about a mile.

From Mission, take Highway 18 west to Mile Marker 157. Turn right, or north, on 226th Avenue, a gravel road. Proceed 2.5 miles north (you will pass 288th Street, but if you reach 286th Street you have gone half a mile too far) to a wire gate on your left, or west, side. From the approach to the gate you can see an airport windsock a little ways into the pasture on the other side of the fence. Go through the gate (then be sure to shut it) and follow the graded road for about a mile.

Elevation

3,034' (+/- 15')

Coordinates

N43 15' 16.7"W101 36' 27.1"

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What’s in a Name?

Wingsprings is a vision that is being built on land within the Lacreek District of the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is approximately 8 miles east and 4 miles north of Martin, Bennett County, South Dakota. The name "Wingsprings" was created in recognition of four things:

  • Three Stars Springs: An old place-name for this land was Three Stars Springs, which itself recognized a local Lakota allottee plus the fact that there is a series of natural fresh-water springs in the main draw west of the headquarters facilities. Whereas individuals come and go, the springs remain.
  • Richard Howe: The previous steward of the land, Richard Howe, loved to fly airplanes and was an excellent pilot. He is my father who died unexpectedly on February 14, 2002. Initially, therefore, the idea of "flight" was an organizing concept for the architectural design of the headquarters facilities. The word "wing" carries this concept.
  • Wingspread: The word "wing" is also in the name of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous buildings - Wingspread. It is an amazing example of his prairie style architecture and embodies good lessons for those of us wishing to learn how to think and build place-based architecture critically and creatively. 
  • Spring Green: Another of FLW's remarkable buildings - in fact, one of his homes - was Taliesin, just a few miles from Spring Green, Wisconsin. Taliesin was his home, but it also was a school. In addition to architecture, Taliesin education included manual labor, artistic expression and team work. This more encompassing mission of Taliesin guides, in many ways, the vision of Wingsprings. 

As its etymology suggests, Wingsprings refers to the architectural facilities we are building, the land surrounding them, and also to the ideas and hopes of the whole enterprise.