Nearly 200 years later, Chief Sakpe is in Shakopee once again.
The city of Shakopee and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community unveiled a statue of the chief in downtown Shakopee on Tuesday.
“We are honored to share this history with our neighbors,” Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Charles R. Vig said. “Together we’ve been able to accomplish so much more than we could alone.”
The statue was originally commissioned by the tribe to be displayed at Mystic Lake Hotel Casino. The relief was on one side whereas the full statue of Chief Sakpe and his horse was on the other.
The sculpture "I Once Rode Free" was made by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided a grant for Haskew to restore and install the statue. -view full SW News story by Maggie Stanwood
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