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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
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 Brulé
Sioux) and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota
City: White River
Census-designated places: Corn Creek ~ Norris
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
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