Celebrating our Rich Culture


Without our culture and language, we cease to exist as a tribe.

The Dakota Oyate (people) have a deep, rich culture. 

Unfortunately, that culture hasn’t always been celebrated, or welcomed. It wasn’t that long ago when past generations of our people intentionally hid our culture, our language, and our history to protect their children from ridicule and punishment for being who they were: Bdewakantunwan Dakota.

Today, we are a proud people, a strong Community and a successful, growing government that celebrates who we are as a Tribe.

Being part of a Tribe is a privilege. We work hard to ensure our next generations never lose sight of where they came from and appreciate why being a member of the Prairie Island Indian Community matters so much.

We must never return to a time where hiding our identity is accepted.

We fight hard to preserve and celebrate who we are as Dakota people.

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Culture, Our People, Buffalo Project

How Bison Came Back from the Brink in Minnesota

Native communities, the state government, and the Minnesota Zoo are working together to revitalize the bison population.
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Culture, Economic Impact

Prairie Island Indian Community to open a new adult-use recreational Cannabis Dispensary in Minnesota

Island Peži will open a dispensary in Summer 2024 to serve the recently legalized adult-use recreational cannabis market.
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Culture, Our People, Philanthropy, Good Neighbor

Mask Designed by Prairie Island Community Member Raises $35,100 at Auction

In November, Community member and Artist Cole Redhorse Taylor had the opportunity to design a one-of-a-kind Dakota-inspired mask that was worn by Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-André Fleury at the Wild Heritage Night game and was later auctioned off.
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