The Dakotas are composed of four bands: the Mdewakantons, Wahpekute, Wahpetons, and Sissetons.
The Mdewakanton Dakota chief, Taoyateduta (Little Crow), was among those who believed that contact with Americans would only increase, even though the Dakotas had been promised their lands forever.
Little Crow's Mdewakantons and Little Six's and Medicine Bottle's Mdewakantons and Wahpetons camped from Sturgeon Creek to the White Horse Plains and farther west to Poplar Point and Portage la Prairie." (McCrady 2006, 31)
"In May 1863 at Pembina the Mdewakanton leader Little Crow, a grandson of the Little Crow who fought for the British during the War of 1812, announced his intentions of visiting the Red River Settlement: "his ostensible object," wrote the local newspaper was "to show the Government some writings which he has had since the War of 1812.
"During the 1990s the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community continued its transformation from an economically distressed reservation to one of the most economically successful Indian tribes in the United States.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community continues its infrastructure improvements and growth in the new century.
The alarm generated by the prospect of radioactive waste parked forever on the shores of the Mississippi River has rallied others to the Mdewakantons' cause.
The power company's choice for a dump site is an island in the Mississippi River, about thirty-five miles south of Minneapolis, next to the small Mdewakanton Dakota Indian community.