Published October 31, 2018
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) today announced a $1.4 million donation to the Lower Sioux Indian Community for the construction of its new Intergenerational Cultural Incubator. Set to open in 2020, the business incubator will provide classrooms, art studios, kitchens, and other gathering space for workforce development training.
“Sharing our resources is a Dakota tradition that has guided our tribe for generations,” said SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig. “The SMSC is proud to support this important project that will help Native American entrepreneurs grow and thrive.”
The SMSC’s matching donation was used to leverage an additional $4.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Authority. Together, these gifts provide enough funding to move forward in the design process; however, Lower Sioux will continue to fundraise for the remaining $650,000 needed to complete the $6.5 million project.
The Intergenerational Cultural Incubator will be an addition to the tribe’s existing recreation center and construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2019. The project is expected to create 138 new jobs and spur $1.6 million in private investment.
“Art is a cornerstone of our community and a powerful tool for economic development,” said Brian Pendleton, president of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. “The center will support business development while celebrating our community, making it a place for multiple generations of Lower Sioux members to come together for training and production. We are thankful to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Economic Development Administration for helping make this project possible.”
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article had the wrong logo. It displayed the logo for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. It should have had the current one for the Lower Sioux Indian Community. Native News Online apologizes for the mistake and any confusion it may have caused.