Caring for Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth, is at the heart of what the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) strives to do—now and for future generations. Whether it is restoring prairies, forests, wetlands, protecting our aquifers, or encouraging native plants, animals, and insects to make our lands their home, the tribe employs multiple land stewardship programs to help fulfill this mission of being a good steward of the earth.

20 TONS
of obsolete building materials, such as plumbing and lighting fixtures, countertops, carpet, and wallpaper, have been donated to nonprofit organizations.
76%
of all waste at Little Six was diverted from the landfill in 2019.
144
solar panels generate on-site electricity at the SMSC Organics Recycling Facility.
80%
of all waste from the 2019 Mystic Amphitheater events and Rib Fest was diverted from the landfills. The events featured composting and recycling for the first time.