SMSCgives—while a single philanthropic initiative—takes its shape in three distinctive forms:
1. Donations and Grants
Guided by a strong tradition of helping others, the value of wόokiya (generosity and helping) has defined the Dakota people for generations. Honoring that tradition, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations, and tribes across the region, state, and country—and is among the top charitable givers in Minnesota and Indian Country as a whole.
The SMSC has donated more than $370 million to organizations and causes, provided $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, and contributed millions more to support regional governments and infrastructure. Find out more about our charitable giving in our annual Donation Report.
2. Employee and Team Member Outreach Program
Guided by the Dakota tradition of giving and the SMSC’s commitment to being a good neighbor, employer, and steward of the earth, the Employee Outreach Program was established as a collaborative, values-driven effort for employees and team members to take action where help is needed and provide compassion, aid, and opportunities to our local community through acts of service—so that all may lead healthy and vibrant lives for generations to come.
The goal of this program is to empower employees and team members to participate in the program to impact others in our local area through meaningful activities and events, while also creating a networking opportunity to build strong internal relationships across the SMSC.
3. Community Member Outreach Program
Dakota Kinship is a Community Member-exclusive outreach program that was created in an effort to coordinate volunteer opportunities for Community Members and their families.
With feedback provided by Community Members, events are created to increase volunteer efforts within Indian Country and the Native organizations who receive funding from the SMSC.
Learn More About the SMSC
Read about our people or visit our frequently asked questions for additional information about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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