After years of extraordinary growth, charitable giving by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has fallen off considerably, according to a new statewide analysis from the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
The drop may well reflect conditions in today's economy for its main economic engine, the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.
But it comes at a sensitive time: The state is pondering ways to pay for a new Vikings stadium, with gambling being an option.
The tribe ranked 10th last year among the state's top 50 grantmakers, with $28.5 million in grants and other forms of giving. That's down from $40.4 million in 2008 and $30.3 million in 2009, the council reported.
The tribe's rank is about the same as it has been in recent years.
Unlike most on the list, it did not separate out Minnesota recipients from those in other states. The tribe over the years has bestowed much of its giving on peers in the Dakotas and other states.