The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has worked diligently with local governments to provide services to our members by establishing intergovernmental agreements with various governmental entities, which include the City of Prior Lake, the City of Shakopee, Scott County, Metropolitan Council, and the State of Minnesota. The SMSC has made more than 67 agreements with government entities since 1984. In February 2012 the SMSC, Scott County, and the cities of Shakopee and Prior Lake reached an agreement to work cooperatively on land issues to improve relations between the governments. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by all four parties establishing an Intergovernmental Work Group which meets regularly.
To the Shakopee Mdewakanton, being a good neighbor is an extension of the cultural tradition of being a good relative. The Dakota people believe that all living beings are relatives and should be treated not only with dignity and respect, but also helped in their day-to-day lives. The common expression Mitakuye Owasin, "We Are All Related," is often used to end prayers and ceremonies. The SMSC is grateful for the opportunity to not only provide significant financial assistance to other tribes and charitable organizations through a charitable giving program but also to contribute to its neighbors in many other ways: