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Iapi Oaye - Vital Statistics Listing

The Iapi oaye, established in May 1871, was published by the Dakota Mission in Greenwood, South Dakota. Published in Yankton and Santee dialects, the four-page, two-column monthly continued to be published for nearly seventy years, releasing its final issue in March 1939.

Many issues of the Iapi oaye contain vital statistics information about tribal members, such as births, deaths, marriages, and baptisms. Etta Perkins translated these instances and created an issue-by-issue listing. PDF versions of the documents she created are available below.

Publication history taken from American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 by Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr. and James W. Parins. (PDF)

Vital Statistics, 1871-1879 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1880-1889 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1890-1899 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1900-1904 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1905-1909 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1910-1919 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1920-1929 (PDF)
Vital Statistics, 1930-1939 (PDF)

The Iapi oaye is available on microfilm in the State Archives Research Room.

MF 10377     May 1871 - March 1886
MF 10378     April 1886 - October 1904
MF 10379     November 1904 - February 1924
MF 10381     March 1924 - December 1930
MF 15472     1930 - March 1939

You may also submit a research request to receive photocopies of specific issues or pages. Contact the Reference Desk for more information.

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