Our People

Our People

A Deeply Rooted Culture

The SMSC is a Community of Dakota people whose ancestors have lived in this region for centuries. The Dakota people are part of the Great Sioux Nation. Historically, the Dakota hunted wild game, fished in the rivers and lakes, gathered wild rice, and aligned their lives with the changing seasons. 

Throughout history, the Dakota culture has focused on the values of living in harmony with our surroundings and sharing our natural and material resources with others. These values continue to guide the decisions of our government and Community.

Our Commitments 

Living a culture that is intertwined with its natural surroundings, the SMSC is committed to bridging its longstanding values with the latest science to help protect and restore wetlands, aquifers, prairies and forests. The SMSC reservation is home to multiple green roofs, which improve energy efficiency, reduce storm water runoff, and filter out pollutants. The tribe has its own honey bee, maple syrup, and certified organic egg operations. We also maintain and harvest the Wozupi Tribal Gardens to promote organic and naturally grown fruits and vegetables.

The SMSC operates a number of wind turbines, the tallest reaching 38 stories and supplying the equivalent of enough energy for all of the SMSC’s residential energy demand. Utilizing hundreds of solar panels and geothermal temperature control further reduces the SMSC’s conventional energy use.

Our Values

Through our partnerships and collaborations, environmental stewardship activities, and charitable giving, we seek to embody Dakota values each day. Being a good neighbor, good employer, and good steward of the earth is a core part of who we are and what we do. 

Sharing

Out of a Dakota tradition of helping others, the SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services. The SMSC is the largest philanthropic benefactor for Indian Country nationally and one of the largest charitable givers in Minnesota.

Good Neighbor

The SMSC regularly works with local governments on mutually beneficial projects, such as roads and infrastructure, which help build a better community for all.

Good Employer

The SMSC bolsters the local economy by providing jobs, donations, and voluntary payments for municipal, county and state services. Together the SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Through good wages and benefits, the SMSC is dedicated to helping others build fulfilling lives.

Good Steward of the Earth

Through dozens of land stewardship initiatives, the SMSC seeks to protect and preserve its lands and waters for the next seven generations. Initiatives such as Koda Energy, the Organics Recycling Facility, and a variety of wind, solar and geothermal systems help the SMSC achieve that goal.

Wacipi

The third weekend of August marks the arrival of Wacipi. This annual pow wow brings together dancers, drum groups, friends, relatives, guests, and the general public to celebrate American Indian culture.

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Learn More About the SMSC

Explore our historical timeline or frequently asked questions sections for additional information about our Community.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
952-445-8900
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