Since 1990, the month of November has been recognized as Native American Heritage Month, which honors the significant contributions Native people have made to the history, culture, and landscape of the United States. In addition to celebrating the historical contributions of Native people, the month also serves as a platform to raise awareness of the present-day achievements as well.

Each November since 2008, the U.S. has also observed the day after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day, closing out the celebration of Native American Heritage Month. This civil holiday celebrates the vibrant cultures, traditions, and heritages of Native Americans while recognizing the many contributions the first Americans made and will continue to make to our nation.

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Visit Hoċokata Ṫi

The SMSC's cultural center features a public exhibit, Mdewakanton: Dwellers of the Spirit Lake, which provides visitors with an interactive experience that enhances their knowledge and understanding of the Mdewakanton Dakota people.

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Follow the Understand Native Minnesota Podcast

Join Rebecca Crooks-Stratton, Secretary/Treasurer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and leader of the Understand Native Minnesota campaign, as she interviews thought leaders and change makers in Minnesota and across Indian Country.

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Check out our website

Learn about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's history, tribal government, enterprises, and more.

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