Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community to construct cultural center

Shakopee, Minn.-The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has broken ground on Hoċokata Ti, a multi-purpose building that will serve as a community gathering space, cultural activity site, and public exhibit chronicling the history of the tribe.

The SMSC intends to interpret and encourage traditional Mdewakanton Dakota cultural heritage, language and history through exhibitions, preservation and education at Hoċokata Ti, which means "the lodge at the center of the camp" in the Dakota language. The building is expected to open in 2019.

"It's time to tell our story," said SMSC Chairman Cha...