Once again, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has demonstrated their undying generosity and support for others, especially in Indian Country.
The Dakota people have donated $1 million to the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska for community and economic development. The tribe will put the funds toward energy assistance, elderly nutrition program, a youth center, swimming pool, land purchase, law enforcement and security, two existing convenience stores, and for construction of a third new convenience store.
In June 2011 the SMSC awarded a loan to in the amount of up to $20 million to the Santee Sioux Nation to fund construction of a new Ohiya Casino and Lodge. Nebraska’s First Casino, Ohiya Casino and Lodge is located just five miles east of Niobrara, Nebraska. The word “Ohiya” in the Dakota Language translates as “winner” or “victor.” The Nation broke ground on the casino in October 2011.
The Santee Sioux Nation is part of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires of the Dakota/Lakota Nation, and the relationship between the two tribes has remained strong since the reservation era began in the mid-1800s. The SMSC has awarded them more than $8 million in grants over the past eight years.