Lower Brule Sioux Get $1 Million Donation From Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

Lower Brule Sioux Get $1 Million Donation From Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community


When the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) contributes to the economic development and community improvement of another Indian nation, it is no small gesture.

Once again, the SMSC has made a $1 million grant to another tribe, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Just last month, the SMSC donated $1 million to the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska for community and economic development. In total, the community has given away more than $243.5 million to Indian Tribes, charitable organizations, and schools since 1996.

Like other Dakota, the SMSC strongly believe in their interconnectedness with greater society, exemplified by their motto, “Mitakuye Owasin,” or “We are all related.”

The SMSC grant to the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe will fund:

  • $350,000 for consultants to complete feasibilities studies and preliminary planning for a new casino at Oacoma
  • $300,000 for an after-school youth and young adult employment program
  • $200,000 to the Boys & Girls Club for operations and management
  • $100,000 for improvements on a tribal campground, for a tribal handmade craft company Sung Maka Ska, and the Buffalo Interpretive Center
  • $50,000 for a Veteran’s Memorial

“Your generosity is greatly appreciated,” wrote Chairman Michael B. Jandreau, chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, in the request letter.

Over the past three years, the SMSC funded $3 million in grants for projects including Lakota Foods, the West Brule Recreational Youth Center, the ambulance program, and for construction of a new convenience store in West Brule. In 2008 the SMSC donated a floor of furniture from its Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is part of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Dakota Nation. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, also known as the Kul Wicasa Oyate, is located along the Missouri River in central South Dakota on the Native American Scenic Byway. Reservation population is 2,600 on a total area of 221,646 acres in Lyman and Stanley Counties.  The Lower Brule owns and operates the Golden Buffalo Casino and Motel which features 175 slot machines and two table games. Facilities include a conference center, a dance floor, a restaurant and a 38-room motel. The casino employs 50 people.

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Thank you, Terry, for telling it like it is. I am also tnfakhul for the others who posted information on the process.I have the book from the 1973 wounded knee, it is very interesting I wasn't happy with how it ended, I don't believe things were really settled during negotiations .the whole foundation needed changing, not re-negotiating old stuff.Another excellent book that speaks from the past in a very real and touching way is called, Touch the EArth . This quotes many of the original tribal leaders and elders and thier opinions of the white man and his treaties.I agree that it is time for all native people to band together and to rethink the form of government that has been forced upon them. It is time to educate each and every household and every member in it, even if that requires knocking on every door and sitting at every dinner table/coffee table and informing the people of thier rights, thier responsibilities.It is time to produce our own food, to feed our elders first, the children second and to create a bridge between the two .Every house should have a garden, every garage should have it's own personal windmill Lessons on herbs, hunting, fire, fishing should maybe be required for membership/roll numbers on some of these reservations .it is time to undo that which has been done to native people .one people, one earth ..I am ready, are you? I am about to produce reports on every aspect of self-sufficiency and education that my husband and I have approached our tribal leadership about. These reports will be submitted at the Main Council Meeting in three months time. From there forward, we will wash our hands of this tribe and will seek membership in a secondary tribe in my husband heritage.Unless there is a miracle in the hearts and minds of the leadership here, our time is over. It is foolish to knock our heads against this wall any longer. I was told in a dream(late 2010) that if this tribe does not change thier ways, they will be distroyed. Also know that, in another dream(2008), it was revealed that the gaming tribes of California will be dismembered. (a coyote pulled apart by golden bears after being tripped/caught by brown bears(federal government)) I see articles appearing on this site about the IRS vs. different tribes .this is not good Cold frames, green houses, hoop houses, solar energy, wind, bioDEISEL, not bio-fuel .secure your source of water .root cellars, canning, dairy animals, rabbits, chickens, pigs, fruit orchards .know your wild foods, promote the growth and propagation of these plants manage your deer populations and your ranges for grouse, chucker, quail alternative crops for sale such as buckthorn, dandilion, bitterroot and others .Manufacturing of man powered personal transportation, recycling centers for all metals make them state of the art and green .whoever controls the waste, controls the world .We can end diabetes and gout, none of my friends or family have these things anymore and the plants grow right outside thier houses, on tribal lands. The ones with arthritis are almost completely healed as well .these answers are available to every one I FOUND them, in books and online if the tribes will maintain sovergnty, they can become a beacon of light for health and healing, for green recycling and manufacturing and maybe for character and integrity as well.Thanks for listening.C.