The South Dakota Hall of Fame is a non-profit, non-governmental organization governed by a 17-member volunteer board of directors.
Each year The South Dakota Hall of Fame hosts an induction ceremony during which up to 15 individuals may be inducted into one of the 15 categories of induction. The annual induction ceremonies are held in September of each year at different locations throughout South Dakota.
Anyone may submit a nomination to The South Dakota Hall of Fame, with one primary qualification, the nominee must have lived some portion of his or her life in the state of South Dakota. The 17-member volunteer board of directors makes the selection of inductees each year during a special board meeting the first week of May.
For the most part, if a famous person from SD has not been inducted, such as Cheryl Ladd, Sparky Anderson, Ted Waitt, Katherine Bach, etc.. it is because no one has ever nominated them. The South Dakota Hall of Fame of Directors and staff cannot actively solicit a nomination for an individual. On an average 100 nominations are considered each year. Once a nomination is submitted it can be considered for 3-years. So if a nomination was submitted for induction in 2002 and was not selected it would automatically be resubmitted for 2003 and 2004. After three years the nomination form can be resubmitted for another three year term.
The South Dakota Hall of Fame is not just for the rich and famous. Recognition in this state is achieved through character, not through wealth.