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Almanac: In a rare television interview with Mary Lahammer, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Stanley R. Crooks talks about a number of issues as a featured guest.

SMSC Chairman Stanley R. Crooks on Almanac, July 13, 2012

In a rare television interview with Mary Lahammer, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Stanley R. Crooks talked about a number of issues as a featured guest on Almanac on July 13, 2012, on Twin Cities Public Television (tpt). The program was also rebroadcast on other Twin Cities Public Television stations and is available for internet viewing.

Taped July 12, 2012, at the SMSC Community Center, the wide-ranging interview covered the agreement with Canterbury Park, the growth and success of the Community since 1969, the past 20 years the Chairman has been in office, the tribe’s environmental initiatives, and its charitable giving program. He also gave his thoughts on the 150-year anniversary of the Dakota War which resulted in the largest mass hanging in United States history when 38 Dakota warriors were hanged at Mankato on December 26, 1862.

Note: If your video player doesn't start at the correct point, you can jump to the interview starting at the 9:58 mark.

Inside City Hall: Prior Lake City Manager Frank Boyles and SMSC Tribal Administrator Bill Rudnicki discuss the various green initiative projects around the community.

SMSC Green Initiatives, April 8, 2010

Fox 9 news reports on the Mobile Clinic cooperative project with Scott County

Free Mobile Health Clinic Travels Scott County

Published - November 4, 2009

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (FOX 9) - A one of its kind collaboration is happening in Scott County. The Mdewakanton Tribe has loaned its mobile health clinic to the county to help uninsured and underinsured Scott County residents.

For two years now, the mobile clinic has helped other tribes. This is a new relationship with county government.

For the next couple of months, the estimated 8,500 uninsured Scott County residents can get free health care during scheduled clinics.

The tribe donated the truck and driver, and county medical volunteers staff it.

Residents will get health screenings, blood and cholesterol tests, immunizations, heart test, std checks, diabetes tests and more.

The clinic can meet basic needs, but if a patient needs long term medical help, or in depth dental or "Hopefully we can see some of those people and decrease that chronic disease that's very costly to them in their personal lives. The are not able to live a healthy life, so hopefully it will decrease health care cost in the long run," said Scott County Public Health Director Jennifer Deschaine.

Joanna Bryant is the tribe's Wellness Admininstrator. She says the partnership is "another one of those areas that we can show we can work together and collaborate when it comes to things as important as the health of people."

The second mobile clinic is Thursday, November 5th, at the Russian Evangelical Christian Church in Shakopee. The truck will be in the parking lot from 2p.m. to 6 p.m. Another clinic is scheduled in Jordan on November 19th. You can go to for a complete list of clinics.

Series of videos produced by Native Report featuring the SMSC
  • Episode #410 is entirely about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
    Koda Energy, Green Initiatives, Moment with the Elders (Chairman Crooks), Water Bottling Facility, and Sugar Bush.

  • Tribal History
    The story of the people of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community includes both tragedy and success in the face of adversity.

  • Dakota Language Program
    It's estimated that there are only a handful of fluent Dakota speakers in Indian country within Minnesota. Leaders from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are working to change that.

  • Mobile Unit as a Medical Clinic
    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Mobile Unit, which began service in 2007, was developed by the SMSC’s Health Department and Mdewakanton Emergency Services.

  • Mdewakanton Emergency Services
    Mdewakanton Emergency Services is the busiest department in Scott County. Services include a fire department, ambulance services, hazardous materials team and high angle rescue team.

  • Koda Energy
    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Rahr Malting formed the Koda Energy joint partnership in 2006 to build and operate an innovative combined heat and power plant.

  • Water Reclamation Facility
    Constructed in 2006, the SMSC Water Reclamation Facility purifies water utilizing Biologically Aerated Filtration (BAF) technology.

  • Interview with Chairman, Stanley R. Crooks
    The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman, Stanley R. Crooks speaks about the past, present, and feature hopes for the Community.

  • SMSC Department of Land and Natural Resources
    Innovative measures the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community uses to preserve natural resources for generations to come.

  • Mall of America Exhibition & Wacipi
    Mall of America goers learn about Pow Wow drumming, song, and dance; and a special invitation into the Shakopee Mdewakanton Wacipi.

Governor Pawlenty Thanks SMSC for Donation of 199 Defibrillators to Minnesota State Patrol

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Bill Rudnicki, Tribal Administrator, was interviewed on the Green Power Hour, AM 950.

Green Power Hour, December 10, 2011

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