SMSC Mobile Unit
The SMSC Mobile Unit provides health screenings, mammograms, and vision and dental services to American Indians; as well as other prevention and education services to the general public in collaboration with Scott County.
In addition to its service as a mobile medical clinic, the unit provides medical support during events and serves as a mobile incident command center in emergency situations.
Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F)
Native Strong; Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), located in Prior Lake, MN, has committed $750,000 to the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) to support the recently launched national center, Native Strong; Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures. This two-year, $750,000 donation from the SMSC solidifies the tribe as the Leadership Partner for Native Strong’s Upper Midwest programming.
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.