BIA signs reservation proclamations for Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/19/2020 10:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced July 15 that she has signed reservation proclamations for two land parcels totaling approximately 222 acres for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a federally recognized tribe in Minnesota.

The parcels will be added to the tribe’s existing reservation under the authority of the Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934. 

“Making our trust land part of our tribe’s reservation territory helps us ensure that the land will be available for our tribe’s future generations,” said Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Keith Anderson. “We are glad that the U.S. Department of the Interior is taking this step and recognizing our tribal government authority over this land.” 

The total acreage is comprised of two separate parcels adjacent to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux reservation in Scott County: 

· The Whipps 2 parcel containing 3.98 acres, more or less, which was brought into trust status in 2016, and

· The Inyan Ceyaka Otonwe (ICO) parcelcontaining 218.65 acres, more or less, which was brought into trust status in 2017. 

“I am pleased to exercise the authority delegated to me by the Secretary of the Interior and issue these reservation proclamations for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community,” Sweeney said. “The rebuilding of tribal homelands is one of our most important goals and is consistent with our mission of supporting tribal self-determination and strengthening tribal sovereignty.” 

A reservation proclamation is a formal declaration issued by the Interior secretary, delegated to the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, proclaiming that certain lands acquired for an Indian tribe are a new, or are being added to an existing, reservation. 

Restoring tribal homelands helps support tribal sovereignty because a tribe’s capacity to govern itself stems, in part, from exercising its sovereign powers over its reservation and increasing its economic land base to meet the needs of its citizens.

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