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Those areas that are "hotbeds" on that map must not be very populated. According to the SD Diocese website (http://www.diocesesd.org/WHO_WE_ARE/BISHOP/history.htm), there are only 12,000 baptized episcopalians in the state, about half of whom are native americans.
Rather than a concentration of Episcopals, you could think of it as a lack of others. I don't think you'd find many Jews or Muslims there. Perhaps the same is true for Catholics. Alaska seems to have a similar area.
The areas in SD that show Episcopal strength are Indian Reservations. We are have always been the majority in the Native American areas of SD, ND, and MN. Naytahwaush
Attempted to leave a post earlier so this maybe a partial repeat. The Episcopal Church has a very proud history of service to and with Native American people especially in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Alaska. The Hotspots on the map are predominately Indian Reservations and areas mostly populated by Native Americans. At the turn of the 20th Century, there were more then 50 Indian priests in the upper Midwest. Whipple, the first Bishop of Minnesota, and Gilfillian his archdeacon were outstanding in their ministry to native people. Their autobiographies and biographies are excellent reading.
I believe it's an Indian reservation where the Episcopal church is the only church.
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