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.