Shakopee Indians Celebrate Native American History Month
Through the month, Native Americans’ history and culture will be honored, including one local indigenous community.
The bus takes its journey through typical Twin Cities exurbia: a sturdy Hampton Inn, Lowe’s and acres of empty fields filled with grand homes. Recently, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community purchased more land, which will then be placed into trust to preserve and protect its integrity in perpetuity.
Early Life and Education
Coller recalls how winter was an especially busy and enjoyable season in Shakopee, as local families prepared their holiday food like sauerkraut and horse radish for canning. He particularly loved playing tricks on his neighbors on Halloween.
Springtime was another exciting time in the community, and one way residents would commemorate it was by attending Easter balls hosted by fraternal societies.
Shakopee may have only been founded in 1870, yet its citizens were highly educated for their time. There were three district schools as well as a schoolhouse offering higher-level learning for children.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign American Indian tribe. Their main economic activity is Valleyfair Amusement Park – one of Minnesota’s premier attractions – while they also operate various retail and business enterprises such as Wozupi Tribal Gardens, Dakota Mall, Mazopiya (natural food market) and Mystic Lake Store at Mall of America in Bloomington.
Joe Schleper’s family is deeply embedded within baseball, as his two sons Jack and Dominick play Division III college baseball and are members of both Albany High School and Minnesota Amateur Baseball Halls of Fame.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribal Community employees currently make an average annual salary of $39,715. This number was determined based on self-reported data provided by workers themselves and calculated using proprietary and public sources of data by Zippia to compile its rankings.
Achievement and Honors
Shakopee showed signs of progress in the 1930s with the opening of Bill’s Toggery on Lewis Street and Rahr Malting’s malt factory in west Shakopee. Later that decade saw an all-steel 250,000 gallon water tower constructed on 10th Avenue.
Philanthropic and charitable endeavors of the SMSC tribe are well-documented. Carrying on with its Dakota traditions of generosity, SMSC stands as one of Minnesota’s premier donors and top contributor to Native American tribes across the United States.
Scott County is also an innovator in business development and sustainability, as evidenced by its casino enterprise being the primary employer in Scott County and by Little Six Casino, Mystic Lake Casino, Mazopya natural food store, The Meadows at Mystic Lake golf course, Dakotah! Sport and Fitness gym, Playworks child care center and two convenience stores among others.
America’s richest tribe enjoys lavish mansions, exotic cars and global vacations courtesy of two casinos – Mystic Lake and Little Six – earning $1 billion per year combined. Additionally, this enterprising 480-member Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has established championship golf course facilities, major concert venues and 600 room hotel accommodations within their territory.
The SMSC’s success can be traced to its long and consistent history of strategic leadership, with leaders that recognize the value in cultivating relationships with business and political partners. Millions are donated annually to charities serving Indian communities; additional support goes toward contributing to Democratic Party activities across 19 state parties across America as well as to its National Committee and House/Senate Campaign Committees; over $1.5 Million alone has been donated directly from SMSC donors alone!
Sprawling mansions, luxury cars and international travel are part of life on one of America’s richest Native American tribes: Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). Together its two casinos outside Minneapolis generate $1 billion each year.
Most of that money goes directly into the pockets of tribal members. Many own second homes outside the reservation and send their children to private schools. Others pursue expensive hobbies such as thoroughbred breeding or big game hunting.
But some members, such as Winnifred Feezor, allege the SMSC has misused its wealth to adopt individuals who do not fulfill its constitution’s requirement of having one-fourth Mdewakanton blood. She is now seeking legal recourse. SMSC staff attorney William Hardacker claims federal law gives the tribe discretion over membership standards; adding that while Democrats and Republicans both support them without giving large sums directly.