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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Information


Sitting on the winding banks of the scenic Minnesota River Valley, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community presents a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and an inviting atmosphere that welcomes travelers seeking an authentic Native American experience. Located just a short drive from the city of Minneapolis, this enchanting destination offers a unique glimpse into the traditions and history of the Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux Tribe.

The landscape of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a testament to the breathtaking diversity of Minnesota’s natural beauty. A pristine expanse of rolling prairies, lush woodlands and shimmering waters characterize the region. The Minnesota River winds its way through the area, offering visitors stunning views and opportunities for outdoor activities. In particular, the majestic Wacipi Grounds, used for cultural events, are surrounded by acres of serene natural beauty, creating a serene setting for visitors to appreciate the land's significance to the community.

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community proudly traces its heritage to the Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux, one of the seven sub-Tribes of the Dakota people. The Tribe’s cultural legacy is deeply rooted in the land, with traditions, customs and practices that reflect their connection to the environment and their ancestors.

While immersing yourself in the culture and history of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a profound and enlightening experience, you will also find that the region offers convenient access to several major nearby destinations. The bustling city of Minneapolis, with its vibrant arts scene, world-class dining and an array of attractions, is just a short drive away.

A visit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community promises a truly enriching and immersive experience, allowing travelers to connect with the deep-rooted traditions of the Dakota Sioux people while enjoying the natural beauty and attractions of the surrounding area. It's a destination where history, culture and nature converge to create an unforgettable journey for those seeking a meaningful travel experience.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Travel Info

  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time

For travelers planning a visit to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the nearest major airport is Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), which is approximately 20 miles away. From the airport, visitors can easily rent a car or take a taxi to reach their destination. Alternatively, those traveling by train can arrive at the Amtrak Station in St. Paul, which is about 25 miles from the community.

Notes to Visitors

Wacipi (Powwow)

Welcome to the annual contest powwow, the Wacipi, at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC)! We are excited to invite visitors to join us for a vibrant and culturally rich celebration of life. The SMSC Wacipi is a time-honored tradition that showcases the beauty of Native American culture, and we are delighted to share it with you.

At our Wacipi, you will have the opportunity to witness the mesmerizing dances, hear the rhythmic beats of the drum groups, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Dakota people.

In addition to the dance competitions, the Wacipi is filled with special ceremonies and traditions, including honorary dances, the Fallen Warrior Ceremony (NO PHOTOS), Giveaways, Naming Ceremonies (NO PHOTOS), and Memorial Honor Songs. These ceremonies are an integral part of our cultural heritage and offer visitors a unique insight into our traditions and values. If you are unsure if you are allowed to take photos, ask.

The SMSC Wacipi Grounds are located in Shakopee, Minnesota, near the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. We offer ample parking, and we provide golf carts to assist guests in reaching the event grounds. Please remember to treat the central, grassy area of the arena with respect, as it is considered a sacred space.

We welcome you to join us in celebrating life, honoring our ancestors, and forging new connections. The Wacipi is a time to come together, share, reflect, and give thanks to the Creator. Thank you for being a part of this celebration!

Location: 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Shakopee, MN 55379

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