Mdewakanton LIFE Program: AEDs Are Saving Lives
When a heart stops beating, there are only a few precious minutes to revive it. The only known therapy for most sudden cardiac arrests is the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). In medical circles the expression “time is heart muscle” refers to how quickly a heart can perish if it is not restarted. To help save lives, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community operates a program called Mdewakanton LIFE which donate AEDs to tribes, schools, police and fire departments, and other organizations. Since the program began in 2004, more than 815 AEDs have been donated, with a 25 lives saved, 12 of those in Scott County.*
*A save is defined as an ambulance delivering a live patient to the hospital. Read More Here
Mdewakanton Dakota Shield
The Mdewakanton Dakota shield represents the history and culture of the SMSC. The Dakota word “Mdewakanton” when translated means “Dwellers of Spirit or Mystic Lake.”
Inside the Medicine Wheel on the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield is a pipe, or canupa, which stands for prayer between man and a higher power. When the tribes gathered, the pipe was smoked in thanks for everyone being together. The buffalo skull, a religious symbol, is part of the altar during the Sundance. The arrowhead and ax stand for bravery. The tipi stands for the meeting tipi of the Dakota tribes. The seven feathers stand for the Seven Council Fires, the seven tribes that make up the Dakota Nation.
With more than 4,200 employees, the SMSC and its enterprises are the largest employer in Scott County, providing good benefits and a good living for its workers. Some of the benefits include on-site health and dental clinics, an urgent care open on weekends, a pharmacy, a chiropractic and physical therapy clinic, and discounts on meals, childcare, gasoline, groceries, and a health club membership.