The Bdewakantunwan


We are the Dakota Oyate – a proud, resilient people.

We are the Prairie Island Indian Community – a vibrant and growing Tribal government.

As in any community, we recognize the diversity and individuality that exists among our Tribal members makes us stronger. We are doctors, lawyers, police officers, executives, skilled workers, artists, and more. Our differences create the unique tapestry that is Prairie Island. But even with our differences, there is a commonality that unites us.

We are a Tribe. Our collective strength is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

As Dakota, we are guided and united by our core values. These values are rooted in our very existence as a Tribe and reinforced through our creation stories, history, and oral traditions. Our values shape our history and culture.

Prairie Island Indian Community Core Values

Bdewakantuŋwaŋ - Those born of the water

Woksape - Wisdom

Wowaȟbada - Peace or Calm 

Waciŋic’iya - Self dependence 

Akhidečheča - Equality 

Wowacaŋtohnake - Generosity 

Oahe - Foundation

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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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Stewardship, Our People, Buffalo Project

Bison Herd Helps Restore Prairie Island Community

MPR NEWS visits Prairie Island's Edwin Buck Jr. Memorial Buffalo Project to learn more about the Tribe's efforts in caring for its bison herd and the Community.
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Culture, Our People, Philanthropy, Good Neighbor

Prairie Island Community Member and Timberwolves Center Naz Reid Collaborate on Artwork

Over the summer, Timberwolves center Naz Reid and Prairie Island Indian Community artist Blanche White came together to collaborate on a unique piece of artwork.
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