Honored to be Among the Best-
The SMSC Gaming Enterprise is proud to once again be recognized as one of the Star Tribunes's top 100 places to work in Minnesota.
The SMSC employees 4,200 in its gaming and non-gaming enterprises and government operations. Over 1,800 Scott county residents are employed by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
History of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Our mission at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is to provide a homeland, benefits, and services for our members and their families and to create a vision for the future for our children and grandchildren and the seven generations to follow by promoting self-sufficiency and tribal sovereignty.
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.