Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Shield

Traditionally, medicine shields were sacred objects decorated with symbolic designs that reflected the spiritual strength within the carrier. In modern times, shields represent different Native American communities with symbols specific to the values of the tribe. The seven feathers on the SMSC shield represent the Seven Council Fires, which make up the Great Sioux Nation of Dakota-Nakota-Lakota people.

Our Seven Dakota Values

The seven SMSC Dakota values are an explorative modality, teaching individuals how to live an emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy lifestyle. For centuries, these values have taught and guided the Dakota people to be the best they can be in any given situation. Furthermore, these values provide a cultural foundation that emphasize the importance of morally upright behavior within a greater community.