Donations & Grants

Donations & Grants

The Dakota Value of Sharing

A strong tradition of helping others, "wo' okiye" (helpfulness) has defined the Dakota people for generations. Honoring that tradition, the SMSC contributes to causes, organizations, and tribes across the region, state, and country. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally, and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

The SMSC has donated more than $350 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 Reports.

COVID-19 Update

Like many other governments and organizations right now, our tribe has had to make significant adjustments to our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For that reason, we are in the process of reimagining our charitable giving guidelines and procedures, as we evaluate how to best support our Community. We are taking this time to listen to and learn from our grant recipients so we can respond in a meaningful, impactful way.

At this time, we are not accepting grant or donation applications. In late Fall of 2021, we will be launching a new donation system to accept new donation requests. We appreciate your patience.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please contact Charitable Giving Specialist Kelsey Scares The Hawk at 952.496.6167, or send an email to

2019 Donation Report

In 2019, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided $15 million in donations for education, youth activities, health care programs, legal aid, community development and infrastructure, women’s health, arts and culture, local communities, environmental protection, and much more.

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Learn More About the SMSC

Read about our people or visit our frequently asked questions for additional information about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Donations & Giving

Take a look at past donations and the philanthropic efforts of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to see the impact of our giving, and how giving back has always been a part of our culture.