Supporting Civic Sustainability
The stronger our neighboring communities are, the strong we are a whole. Through various economic development and infrastructure donations, the SMSC is committed to helping others build the foundation for self-sufficiency, a higher quality of life and growth and prosperity.
Honoring our Dakota tradition of helping others, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations and tribes across the region, state and country.
Honoring Those Who Sacrificed All
Flags for Fallen Military (FFM) provides a lasting honor and tribute to those families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty by installing a flag pole and raising an American flag in their memory. Since the organization was formed, FFM has touched the lives of many military families, raising over 500 flags in honor of fallen military personnel across the United States. With a waiting list of over 450 families, the organization’s impact is only expected to grow in the years ahead, bringing comfort and reassurance to grieving families, while providing a lasting tribute to loved ones lost. In support of this mission, the SMSC provided $1,000 to FFM in fiscal year 2019 to help cover the costs of the flags and installation materials, which are provided at no cost to the families being honored.
"The ultimate sacrifice for one’s country should never be forgotten and should always be honored. When a life is laid down protecting our freedoms, we all must find a way to show our personal gratitude."
—David Larson, Founder and Executive Director of FFM
Bringing Neighbors Together for Fun-Filled Fair
Since 1857, the Scott County Fair has provided fun summertime memories for countless fairgoers of all ages. With the help of a $15,000 donation from the SMSC, the 2019 Scott County Fair was able to bring in more attractions and record-breaking attendance over the course of five days in July. In addition to sponsoring the Minnesota Shorthorn Show and providing passenger golf carts for fairgoers, the SMSC’s donation was used toward hosting the Kent Family Circus, which provided family-friendly entertainment in the form of daily circus performances and strolling bike performances.
"The fair was able to be a success in part due to your generous donation, which went toward activities that provided laughter, smiles, and memories for fairgoers of all ages."
—Scott County Agricultural Society
Providing a Safe Space for Homeless Youth
Ain Dah Yung (Our Home) Center provides a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness.
—Ain Dah Yung Mission Statement
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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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