The county is entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and contains part of Badlands National Park. It is an alcohol prohibition or dry county; taxes on alcohol consumed within the county go to other counties.
Shannon County is one of two counties in South Dakota that does not have its own county seat (Todd County is the other). Hot Springs in neighboring Fall River County serves as its administrative center. It is also one of five South Dakota counties that are entirely on an Indian reservation. (The others are Corson, Dewey, Todd, and Ziebach.)
Until 1982 Shannon and Washabaugh County, South Dakota, were the last unorganized counties in the United States. Although it was organized and received a home rule charter that year, Shannon, as noted above, contracts with Fall River County for its Auditor, Treasurer, Director of Equalization, State’s Attorney and Registrar of Deeds.
The Shannon & Fall River County Courthouse in Hot Springs will be closed Monday, October 13, 2014 in observance of Native American Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, October 14th.
Early voting has begun in South Dakota. Shannon County residents have two locations where they may vote early: at the Satellite Early Voting Center in Pine Ridge, located on Highway 18 in the same building as H & R Block, just north of Sioux Nation; or at the Auditor’s Office in the Fall River County [...]
The final draft of the Oglala Sioux Tribe – Shannon County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review. This plan is cooperative work of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the local Shannon County government. Oglala Sioux Tribe – Shannon County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan