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- noun A member of a Native American people of the Santee branch of the Sioux with present-day populations in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Nebraska.
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NCRJ is working with advocate Anna James to coordinate legal efforts and has applied for support from the Yankton Sioux Tribe, in South Dakota, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, in Minnesota.
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Not surprisingly, lots of people are claiming to have Indian relatives like that long-lost Mdewakanton aunt or grandfather.
Business at the Mdewakanton (pronounced bday-WAH-kan-toon) casino, south of Minneapolis, is booming.
"The Dakota culture -- especially the Mdewakanton, their food, their fiber, their spiritual relationships -- were based on the land they lived on."
Mdewakanton isn't the only reservation fielding such calls, or bracing for a population burst.
He's a 25-year-old member of a proud family of Mdewakanton Dakota Indians who were saddled with the name of the Italian most people think "discovered" America, even though millions of people, including Delano's ancestors, already lived here.
Mdewakanton and Wahpakoota bands of Sioux at Mendota on August 5,
The Shakopee Mdewakanton mid-WUH'-ka-ten Sioux Community is getting into the local and organic food craze with its own natural food market on its reservation south of the Twin Cities.
Police and prosecutors say the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Gaming Enterprise helps law enforcement to find and convict bank robbers, spouse beaters and drug felons.
"We are stuck in a situation where I start wishing for the price of natural gas to go up, which is not good for everyone else," said Stacy Cook, vice president of operations for Koda Energy, a $60 million privately financed joint venture of Rahr and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community.
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