The Betty Strong Encounter Center
connects to the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to serve a permanent mission of "commemorating a history of encounters" that occurred before and after the expedition. It hosts free photo and art exhibitions, and offers free programs, events and activities that explore themes of the land, rivers and people of the region. Themes are as diverse as agriculture, Mighty Mo fishing, heritage food and music, and Native Games days.
The 10,000-square foot Encounter Center features galleries, an activity room, restrooms, an amphitheatre and areas for outdoor games and events. The Stanley Evans Auditorium hosts lectures, music and theatre programs, movies and panel discussions. An enclosed pathway known as "The River Connection" invites visitors to encounter maps and images of the Missouri River.
The annual exhibition of St. Augustine Indian Mission portraits, photographed by Fr. Don Doll, S.J., is dedicated to the memory of Betty Strong who believed that every child has something beautiful to give to our world. St. Augustine is located 22 miles south of Sioux City on the Winnebago Reservation.