Prairie Island Indian Community members are descendents of the Mdewakanton Band of Eastern Dakota, also known as the Mississippi or Minnesota Sioux. The Mdewakanton have lived on Prairie Island, located in south eastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers, for countless generations.

Official Tribal Name: Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota

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Official Website: http://www.prairieisland.org

Recognition Status:Federally Recognized

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Mdewakanton, meaning “those who were born of the waters.”

Common Name: Minnesota Sioux

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Dakota is often reported as meaning "ally or friend," but this is incorrect. The real definition of Dakota/Nakota/Lakota is “those who consider themselves kindred.” See this detailed explanation of Sioux Names.

Alternate names / Alternate spellings: Dakota

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Reservation: Prairie Island Indian Community and Off-Reservation Trust Land
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The Sioux Drum

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Arthur Amiotte, (Oglala Lakota)-Painter, Sculptor, Author, Historian

Bryan Akipa, flutist (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)

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Descendants Remember Battle of Little Big Horn

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