The SMSC is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe. As a Community, the SMSC works to preserve Dakota cultural values through philanthropy, partnerships, environmental initiatives, and cultural programming.
As a sovereign nation, our government maintains authority over our membership, lands, and government affairs. The SMSC government is responsible for providing for the wellbeing of Community members with infrastructure such as roads, sewers, housing and more. The SMSC is governed by the General Council and the Business Council.
The highest governing body of the SMSC is the General Council, which consists of all enrolled members of the tribe aged 18 and older. The General Council meets bi-monthly to discuss important issues, make decisions, and set policies. General Council members are also tasked with electing representatives to the Business Council, Gaming Commission, and Gaming Board.
Every four years, the General Council elects three members to the Business Council: the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary/Treasurer. Business Council members are responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the tribe and for implementing the decisions of the General Council. The Business Council is charged with promoting the health, education and welfare of SMSC members and their families now and for generations to come. They also make decisions that shape the SMSC's role as a leading employer, Native American nation, and member of the broader community. Every four years the Business Council publishes a report describing the activities of the last four years. View the reports in our Resources section.
Current members of the SMSC Business Council are: Chairman Charles Vig and Vice-Chairman Keith B. Anderson.
Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors
The SMSC Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors are responsible for setting policy and overseeing daily operations of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino. This seven-member board includes six elected directors and one member of the SMSC Business Council.
Current members of the Gaming Enterprise Board of Directors are: Chairman Todd Brooks, Vice-Chairman Rob Totenhagen, Secretary Ashley Cornforth, Treasurer Allene Ross, and Directors Natasha Coursolle and Rebecca Crooks-Stratton.
Five elected SMSC members make up the Gaming Commission: a commissioner of gaming, an assistant commissioner of gaming, and three general members. They each serve staggered four-year terms. Gaming commissioners ensure that SMSC gaming operations are conducted fairly, honestly, and in compliance with applicable laws. The Commission licenses the SMSC's gaming facilities, gaming devices, employees and vendors. It also oversees contracts, records, and internal controls.
Current members of the SMSC Gaming Commission are: Commissioner of Gaming Cherie L. Crooks, Assistant Commissioner of Gaming Eric W. Kaiser, Commissioner Peter L. Brewer, Commissioner Elyssa N. Blaess, and Commissioner Natasha K. Coursolle.
Taku ota Waṡte (Many Good Things)
The 2012-2015 Four-Year Report details the values, accomplishments, and people of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.