The SMSC is a federally recognized, sovereign Native American tribe. As a Community, the SMSC works to preserve Dakota cultural values through philanthropy, partnerships, environmental initiatives, and cultural programming. As a sovereign nation, our government maintains authority over our membership, lands, and government affairs. The SMSC government is responsible for providing for the wellbeing of Community members with infrastructure such as roads, sewers, housing and more. The SMSC is governed by the General Council and the Business Council. The SMSC owns and operates a diverse collection of enterprises on its lands in Prior Lake and Shakopee, Minnesota. From a tribal garden and an all-natural foods store to two major casinos, hotels, and family entertainment centers, our enterprises help drive the local economy. The SMSC has donated more than $325 million to organizations and causes, provided $500 million in economic development loans to other tribes, and contributed millions more to support regional governments and infrastructure. Find out more about our charitable giving in our annual Donation Reports.