Mission, South Dakota

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Mission is a city in Todd County, South Dakota, United States, and the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The population was 904 at the 2000 census.

Mission is home of the Sinte Gleska University. It is the largest incorporated community in the county, but is smaller than the unincorporated community of Rosebud, which is the capital of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. It is named for one of the many missions established by religious groups in the late 19th century to assist the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) and other AmerInd nations. The major market center of the county, it is located at the junction of US-83 and US-18 (the Oyate Trail, the home of Todd County School District, Cherry-Todd Rural Electric Cooperative, and various federal/tribal agencies). On episodes of The Price is Right, the host Bob Barker noted that Mission was the town in which he spent his childhood while his mother worked as a teacher on the Indian reservation. Another notable resident of Mission is Neal Wanless, who won a South Dakota–record $232.1 million (annuity value; he chose the cash option) in the Powerball drawing of May 27, 2009.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²), all of it land.

Mission has been assigned the ZIP code 57555 and the FIPS place code 42940.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 904 people, 302 households, and 214 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,523.4 people per square mile (591.6/km²). There were 339 housing units at an average density of 571.3/sq mi (221.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.89% Native American, 22.01% White, 0.11% African American, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 302 households out of which 46.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% were married couples living together, 27.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.34.

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