Mdewakanton Dakota Shield
The Mdewakanton Dakota shield represents the history and culture of the SMSC. The Dakota word “Mdewakanton” when translated means “Dwellers of Spirit or Mystic Lake.”
Inside the Medicine Wheel on the Mdewakanton Dakota Shield is a pipe, or canupa, which stands for prayer between man and a higher power. When the tribes gathered, the pipe was smoked in thanks for everyone being together. The buffalo skull, a religious symbol, is part of the altar during the Sundance. The arrowhead and ax stand for bravery. The tipi stands for the meeting tipi of the Dakota tribes. The seven feathers stand for the Seven Council Fires, the seven tribes that make up the Dakota Nation.
Local Heart Attack Victim Thanks First Responders
Prior Lake resident Mike Hardesty believes he was in the right place at the right time when he had a heart attack in January, and today he had the opportunity to thank the first responders from Mdewakanton Public Safety who helped save his life.