PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is getting into the local and organic food craze with its own natural food market on its reservation south of the Twin Cities.

The market called Mazopiya opened to the public this week. It offers a large inventory of organic items including free-range grass fed meats and local and organic produce, as well as a deli and prepared meal area with cafe seating and a coffee bar.

Community member Lori Watso, the driving force behind the store, says Sioux ancestors thrived on a diet free of foods with pesticides, growth hormones and manmade chemicals, and that trying to return to that tradition will pay health benefits for the community.

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Comments (8)
  1. Akos Tamasy says:

    Lori Watso and the tribal leaders I admire what you do for your people and for the ecology .

  2. Kieron says:

    “organic food craze”? How insulting! It’s not a fad. People are sick (literally in some cases) of lousy, chemically-soaked produce and meat tainted by tainted animal antibiotics. People are realizing the the corporations have no interest in anything but the dollar, and are bypassing the middle-man.

  3. Lynn says:

    I hope to see more of this homegrown and made in the community foods and products that is sustainable and healthy for our people and the land. The sciences have finally come together so the information is out there; in addition, people are writing books to help us get started for example The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! I just bought it so I am looking forward to reading it. God Bless America!

  4. Really? says:

    No offense…but the native american population should be much more concerned with their rates of alcoholism, addiction and incarceration. These young native american kids on the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Reservation have all the money in the world…yet their rates of depression, suicide, alcholism, addiction and incarceration are freaking alarming. So yes, pesticides are bad…..but really? You dont have bigger concerns for you community besides whether or not the burger your eating came from a cow that was given hormones??????

    1. Britannia says:

      Not sure why your singling out one community for something that affects every race and community. Unlike the state the tribe actually provides AA meetings, drug counselors, therapists, medical facilities all available to their community. Money is so irrelevant. Movie stars and C.E.O’s are plagued by the same issues as well bring truth to the point of Money can not buy happiness or buy you out of your problems.

      Anyways good for them for opening the a healthy foods store. One step to a healthy life starts with what we put in our bodies!

      1. Really? says:

        It wasnt my intent to “single out” one community. But, duh, the story was about THAT community!! But since you brought it….have you compared the rates of addiction and incarceration among native american youths, to that of the rest of the state? The rate in that community is alarmingly higher than rates for the rest of the state. That being said, i agree with the rest of your comments. I was just trying to point out…that community has bigger concerns than where your cheeseburger comes from…thats it.

  5. SeeksHealth says:

    Eating organic is great and beneficial. I think if most Amercians would eat less fast food and more friuts and veggies in general we would be a lot better off as a nation. I saw an interesting post of organic and what it all means on this blog:–worth-the-extra-price.aspx

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