SMSC Departments and Administration

The government for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community includes a variety of departments established to meet the needs of the Community. As a sovereign nation, the SMSC is responsible for the welfare and amenities of its people. Our departments handle everything from housing, infrastructure and public works, to family wellness services and safety.


Administration is the foundation of all other structures and services provided to the Community. In addition to organizing and executing elections and General Council meetings, SMSC Administration exists as a source of general informational and assistance to all members of the Community. Administration also issues tribal ID cards to SMSC members.

Education Department

The SMSC Education Department provides youth support through homework help, mentoring, tutoring, and youth activities. To set students on a positive path to adulthood and career success, the department assists students with ACT/SAT preparation, college visits, and post-secondary planning. The Education Department also provides learning disabilities testing and truancy prevention to identify those in need of assistance and provide them with support and stabilization. Children's House is a Montessori school serving children 3-6 years of age within the SMSC community. 

Family and Children Services

Family and Children Services works to protect our children and families through a wide range of parenting classes, family outreach, in-school support programs, and life skills programs. Where necessary, supervised visits/visit exchanges are managed. The Family and Children Services Department also provides information and referral services to families for additional support and car seat safety instruction for new families.

Finance Department

The SMSC is invested in members' secure financial futures. To that end, the Finance Department provides a list of resources, including trust funds for members' children, referrals for finance or tax questions and concerns, and Community member loans such as home loans and individual economic development loans. The Finance Department oversees year-end tax reporting and conservatorship for our members.

Land and Natural Resources Department

The SMSC Land Department oversees all activity that has the potential to impact one of our most precious resources. The department regulates and protects SMSC lands, managing development through building and site permits, contractor reviews, surveying, inspections, land assignment applications and relinquishments, and planning assistance for building projects. For information and answers to zoning and land questions as well as advice on landscaping with native plants, complete with plant identification, this is the department to contact.

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Legal Department

While the Legal Department is unable to formally represent individuals, the department is still a vital resource. The Legal Department provides general legal advice to SMSC members, as well as individual legal representation referrals.

Library – Oicimani Media Center

The Oicimani Media Center houses fiction and nonfiction books, magazines and newspapers, Native American materials, reference materials, videos, CDs and audiocassettes, which are available to SMSC members.

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Marketing is responsible for a wide variety of announcements that help keep SMSC members informed and united, providing everything from AMG Alerts to important life event announcements for members of our Community such as birth, graduation, wedding and anniversary announcements and obituaries. The Marketing Department covers articles and advertising for SMSC member-owned businesses, as well as the Community newsletter and marketing for special events. In addition, this department is the driving force behind the Community member website.

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Police Liaison Officer

The Police Liaison Officer ensures that law enforcement maintains a positive presence within our Community, while providing communication and logistical support to ensure that all services are provided efficiently.

Property Operations

Property Operations contains the Property Maintenance Department, which provides jumpstart service and snow removal to the Community.

Psychiatry/Psychology/Behavioral Health Services

Psychiatry/Psychology Services oversees adult psychiatry, adult psychology and child psychiatry services provided to members of the SMSC. Behavioral Health provides services that touch Community members across a wide range of ages and situations, from child therapy beginning at age 4 to chemical dependency counseling for adults, to mental health services for the elderly. In support of individuals and families, the Behavioral Health Department offers couples counseling, parent coaching, family therapy, and assessment and treatment for disorders such as depression and anxiety.

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Public Works

SMSC Public Works provides animal control, including issues with lost pets, as well as new homeowner sewer/water connections and snow removal.

Tribal Court

Tribal Court rules over matters concerning child custody, marriage and divorce, and general civil actions.

Wellness Department

The Wellness Department is one of the SMSC's largest departments, with a wide range of services. These services include health coaching, mammograms, urgent care, physical therapy, acupuncture, medical massage, blood glucose and blood pressure checks, immunizations, nutrition education, tobacco cessation and weight-loss support, dental hygiene and oral cancer screening, orthodontics, prescriptions and annual eye exams, as well as many more services, screenings and procedures. SMSC members are served by a collection of clinics and providers such as the Integrative Health Clinic, Mystic Clinic, Shakopee Dakota Clinic, Shakopee Dakota Dental Clinic, Vision Clinic, SMSC pharmacy, Witaya Care, a mobile unit, and visiting specialists.

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Community Services

Our departments help govern and care for our lands and members, including:

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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.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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