www.shakopeedakota.org. Our Community Members welcome you to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC).
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community is a federally recognized Indian tribe formally organized under federal reservation status in 1969. Tribal members are direct lineal descendants of Mdewakanton Dakota people who resided in villages near the banks of the lower Minnesota River. Chief Sakpe, [Shock-pay], which means “number six” in the Dakota language, was leader of a village that was located near what is today the town of Shakopee, which was named after him. The SMSC presently owns more than 3,760 acres of land, all of which are located within or near the original 250-acre reservation established for the Tribe in the 1880s. Of that amount only 1,843 acres are held in trust by the federal government, protecting it forever from loss, theft, or swindle. Tribal lands are located in Prior Lake and Shakopee, Minnesota, located in Scott County.