A New Gathering Place for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Hoċokata Ti [ho-cho-kah-tah-tee] is the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s (SMSC) cultural center and gathering space that will be used to interpret and encourage traditional Mdewakanton Dakota cultural heritage, language, and history by sustaining this inherent knowledge for SMSC Members through exhibitions, preservation, and education.
Hoċokata Ti construction broke ground in October 2016 and and is expected to be open to the public in summer 2019. The cultural center sits on acres of rolling hills that feature native prairie plants and wildflowers.
About the Public Exhibit:
Hoċokata Ti’s 3,470-square-foot public exhibit, called Mdewakanton: Dwellers of Spirit Lake, will provide visitors with a cultural experience that enhances their knowledge and understanding of the Mdewakanton Dakota people and their history. Tours will be offered to guests, where an assortment of Dakota Sioux artifacts can be viewed in the public gallery.
The Hoċokata Ti gift shop will feature a variety of Native-made art, books, music, beaded and quilled items, and craft supplies that build upon the cultural center’s mission to educate visitors about the Dakota people. The gift shop also shares its space with the SMSC library, so guests should be mindful of those around them.
The outdoor trails and gardens include plants that are culturally significant to Dakota people and are to be used by SMSC Members only. The trails, gardens, and lower level of the building are not open to the public.
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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
2330 Sioux Trail NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372
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