Partnerships

Partnerships

Building a Strong Future Together

The SMSC is the largest employer in Scott County, and the tribe continues to develop strong partnerships that further build on its role as a community and economic leader. From Canterbury Park to Mall of America to Rahr Malting, these partners are an important part of the SMSC's story as a tribe that looks forward with enthusiasm. RiverSouth – another important partnership for the SMSC – adds to the momentum of the southwest Twin Cities area as a destination.

Canterbury Park

The SMSC initiated a cooperative agreement in 2012 with nearby Canterbury Park to support increased purses for live horse races and joint marketing opportunities between Canterbury and Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. With sizeable increases in the number of races, racing days, horses competing, and purses paid at Canterbury, the partnership has benefitted the track, the horse industry, the SMSC, and local tourism.

Mall of America

Home to the Mystic Lake Store and a hub for free bus service to Mystic Lake, Mall of America has been a long-term SMSC partner. The SMSC-owned JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America opened in 2014, featuring 342 rooms and finishing details that reflect the tribe’s Dakota culture. It is part of the largest construction project at Mall of America since the complex opened in 1992.

Koda Energy

Co-owned by the SMSC and Rahr Malting since 2009, Koda Energy in Shakopee provides environmentally friendly biomass energy using the newest technologies and best practices available. Koda burns a blend of local biomass sources, such as wood chips from the SMSC’s Organics Recycling Facility and Rahr’s malt byproducts.

RiverSouth

More than 10 million people visit Mystic Lake, Canterbury Park, Valleyfair, and the Renaissance Festival in the southwest Twin Cities annually. The four entertainment powerhouses – together with the SMSC and the cities of Prior Lake and Shakopee – joined forces in 2014 to develop the joint brand “RiverSouth.” The partnership continues to grow, promoting the area as one of Minnesota’s biggest entertainment destinations.

A Good Employer

The SMSC government and tribal enterprises employ more than 4,200 people in a wide range of careers. Committed to being a good employer, we are proud that our employees tend to stay with us for a long time – the average tenure is eight years.

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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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