Big Tobacco, a Dance Hall Chief, circa 1900. The U.S. Government allowed Native Americans to build halls to host tribal dances. When tribal members wanted to hold a dance, the Dance Hall Chief would seek permission from Federal agents. Dance Hall Chiefs would beat on a drum to communicate to tribal members the time of the dance. The city of Yankton, S.D., featured seven dance halls from the 1890s to 1934. Dance Halls served to preserve Native American cultural traditions.