- Prairie Island Indian Community
Prairie Island Indian Community is a
Mdewakanton Sioux Indian reservationin Goodhue County, Minnesotaalong the Mississippi River, in and around the city of Red Wing. It was created in 1889, with boundaries modified after that time. Much of the reservation land was lost following construction of Lock and Dam No. 3along the river by the United States Army Corps of Engineersto improve navigation. Later, the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plantwas built nearby. The community has grabbed headlines because of the decision to store radioactive wastein above-ground steel casks. The main reservation lies within the city of Red Wing, but there are off-reservation trust lands both within Red Wing and in Welch Township in northern Goodhue County, as well as in Ravenna Township in eastern Dakota County which nearly doubles the size of the reservation's territory. The reservation had 199 residents as of the 2000 census, including its trust lands. Its total land area is 4.3225 km² (1.6689 sq mi, or 1,068.1 acres).
The tribe operates
Treasure Island Resort & Casinoin Welch, Minnesota, which is very profitable.
* [http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DTTable?_bm=y&-context=dt&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-CONTEXT=dt&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_P001&-mt_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U_P003&-tree_id=4001&-transpose=N&-redoLog=false&-all_geo_types=Y&-_caller=geoselect&-geo_id=25000US2985&-geo_id=27300US2985270375326099999&-geo_id=27300US2985270495362053620&-geo_id=27300US2985270496905299999&-geo_id=NBSP&-search_results=25000US2985&-format=&-_lang=en&-show_geoid=Y Prairie Island Indian Community and Off-Reservation Trust Land, Minnesota] United States Census Bureau
* [http://www.prairieisland.org/ Prairie Island Indian Community]
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