Upper Sioux Community


external image tribe_uppersioux.jpg
The land which they call Pejuhutazizi Kapi has been homeland for the Dakota for many years. Except in the late 1800's when the U.S./ Dakota conflict of 1862 occurred. This was the same conflict that affected the Shakopee Mdewakatanton Sioux Community. During this time their people were forced to leave their homeland or were exterminated.
In 1938, 746 acres of original Dakota land was returned to their people and the Upper Sioux Community came into existence. For many years the Upper Sioux Community had struggled with poverty. In 1990 it was given the right for Indian tribes to be able to own casinos and the Upper Sioux Community took this offer and made what is now Firefly Creek Casino.


The Upper Sioux still keep their traditions by hunting and fishing. They still for the most part live off the land.


The Reservation tribal headquarters is located five miles south of Granite Falls, Minnesota, on the Minnesota River in Yellow Medicine County. The reservation is 115 miles west of Minneapolis.

Where are they now:

In the years since, the Upper Sioux Community has been able to revitalize and energize their community with their businesses. This allowing them to obtain economic independence. They obtained an additional 654 acres of land to provide for their growing population which is now at 482.

Fun Facts:

On August 5, 2010, the FEMA and Upper Sioux Community signed the first tribal agreement in a six-state region, including Minnesota, which allows a federally recognized tribe to be considered a Grantee for federal disaster assistance.

Each year the Upper Sioux do a pow wow called Pejuhutazizi Oyate Wacipi.



Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Fond Du Lac Reservation
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Lower Sioux Indian Community
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Prairie Island Indian Community
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community
Upper Sioux Community
White Earth Reservation