Wacipi—or powwow—is a traditional Native American gathering. It is a time for renewing friendships and making new ones, dancing, singing, and celebrating. Join the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for its annual wacipi in Shakopee, Minnesota, over the weekend of August 19-21, 2022.
Guided by a strong tradition of helping others, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will honor that at this year’s SMSC Wacipi by providing free backpacks with school supplies in support of Native youth, our neighbors, and Indian Country.
Dancers gather from across the country to attend the annual SMSC Wacipi and participate in several dance categories where they compete for top honors.
Arts and crafts, paintings, jewelry, and other items will be available for sale, as well as a variety of Native American foods, both contemporary and traditional.
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Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a federally recognized, sovereign Dakota tribal government located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Following a Dakota tradition of generosity, the SMSC is one of the top philanthropists in Minnesota and is the largest contributor to other tribal governments and causes across the country. It is a strong community partner and a leader in protecting and restoring natural resources. The SMSC’s government, Gaming Enterprise and various other enterprises are collectively the largest employer in Scott County and attract millions of visitors to the region.