Encouraging Learning Preservation & Diversity
The SMSC believes in creating opportunities for Native people to be proud of who they are and to honor our relatives. For many, this pride shines through in artistic expression, language-based classes, cultural events and programming and celebrating diverse and inclusive communities.
Honoring our Dakota tradition of helping others, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations and tribes across the region, state and country.
Improving Health By Re‑establishing Native Food‑Ways
Founded by James Beard award winner The Sioux Chef, North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) seeks to address the economic and health crises affecting Native communities through food-related enterprises. As part of this objective, the organization made plans to launch the Indigenous Food Lab in Minneapolis, an Indigenous restaurant and training center focused on research and development, Indigenous food identification, gathering, cultivation, and preparation, and all aspects of starting and successfully running a food-related business based on Native traditions and foods. The food lab will work to provide education and training about healthy Indigenous food, while building demand for a new food system, based around hyper-local ingredients and Native food. The SMSC provided $300,000 in support of the project, which will go toward the build-out of the restaurant and training center, projected to open in the spring of 2020.
NATIFS is a Native-led and Indigenous-focused nonprofit organization working to reconnect Native Americans with traditional food systems to improve health, promote economic development, establish food sovereignty, and preserve tribal history and culture across artificial colonial boundaries.
Connecting People, Animals, and the Natural World to Save Wildlife
Once numbering tens of millions of animals across the North American prairie landscape, bison were hunted to near extinction during the 19th century. Since then, the population has multiplied to safe numbers as a result of bison restoration and protection efforts.
—Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd
Amplifying Native Voices Through Storytelling
Seeking to support a Native-led production and to better serve the local Indigenous community, the Guthrie Theatre set into motion Stories From the Drum, a special program and performance envisioned and performed by an all-Native cast from the Twin Cities. The program—supported in part by a $5,000 donation by the SMSC—took shape first through a series of workshops focusing on the celebration of Native voices through storytelling processes that decenter Western methodologies, culminating in a special two-day performance on the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium Stage in June 2019.
The Guthrie creates transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind and build community through the illumination of our common humanity.
—Guthrie Theater’s Vision
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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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