CESA Member Minnesota
The Mdewakanton, “those who were born of the waters,” have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in south eastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for the Mdewakanton people.
The Prairie Island Indian Community is a sovereign Indian tribe, and as such has a government structure separate from both the state and federal governments. Funding for tribal government is made possible through the community’s gaming efforts. Tribal government gaming has allowed Prairie Island to reinvigorate the traditional Indian custom of sharing, contributing millions of dollars and support to surrounding communities and organizations year after year. Since 1994, the Prairie Island Indian Community has donated more than $15 million to many Indian and non-Indian causes.