Prior Lake, Minn. – Vice-Chairman Keith Anderson of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has received two notable awards this month recognizing him for the SMSC’s commitment to tribal sovereignty and economic development, as well as to Native American children’s health by fighting childhood diabetes and obesity through diet and research. Serving his third elected four-year term on the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Business Council, Anderson has been Vice-Chairman since August 2012 after serving eight years as Secretary/Treasurer.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. – The annual Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Wacipi featured nine winners from Minnesota. More than 800 registered dancers of all ages from the United States and Canada participated in more than 30 dance categories at the Wacipi (Pow Wow) from August 15-17 at the Wacipi Grounds on the SMSC Reservation.
Minneapolis, Minn. - In five demonstration gardens, the City of Minneapolis is studying the effectiveness of combining compost with biochar, a soil amendment similar to charcoal. Biochar works with compost to increase crop yields, improve local water quality by reducing runoff, and combat climate change by holding carbon and nitrogen in the soil where they serve as fertilizer instead of being released into the air where they would become pollutants. Minneapolis is one of the first cities in the U.S. to study the benefits of biochar.