With its curved lines and walls of windows, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s new cultural center rises over the prairie in Shakopee, the shape of its seven enormous teepees reflected in a stream created to represent the Minnesota River.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s cultural center and public museum are now open after decades of work, community members said this week.
During Wozupi wi (or May, the Moon for Planting), the Dakota people returned to their summer family homes and villages and varied their work according to the abundance of the season. As the soil thawed and the weather turned warm, families planted crops such as corn, squash, and beans, and harvested traditional medicines and indigenous...
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has begun to build Hocokata Ti, their newest building that will serve as a cultural activity site, a community gathering space, and a public exhibit highlighting the history of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux.