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County Information

Created in 1909 and organized in 1911.
It was named after Arthur C. Mellette, the last Governor of the Dakota Territory and the first Governor of the state of South Dakota.
Its county seat is White River. 
Historically territory of the Sioux/Lakota peoples, 33% of Mellette county is trust land associated with the Rosebud Indian Reservation (mainly located in Todd county). According to the U.S. Census in 2000, 52.2% of the population of Mellette County is Native American, consisting mostly of the federally recognized Sicangu Oyate (Upper BrulĂ© Sioux) and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people.

City:  White River 
Town: Wood
Census-designated places: Corn Creek ~ Norris

Townships
 Bad Nation ~ Blackpipe ~ Butte ~ Cody ~ Fairview ~ Mosher ~ New Surprise Valley ~ Norris ~ Prospect ~
Red Fish ~ Ring Thunder ~ Riverside ~ Rocky Ford ~ Rosebud ~ Running Bird ~ Surprise Valley

Unorganized Territories:  Cedarbutte and Central Mellette.

NOTE:  The city of Mellette is located in Spink County, SD

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Surrounding Counties

Jones County, South Dakota - north
Lyman County, South Dakota - northeast
Tripp County, South Dakota - east
Todd County, South Dakota - south
Jackson County, South Dakota - west
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