Skip to main content

Stanley Crooks, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community chairman, dies at 70

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has confirmed that SMSC Chairman Stanley Crooks died Saturday at age 70. Condolences have been rolling out including a tweet from Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke, who said, "Sad to hear of the passing of SMSC Chairman Stanley Crooks today. Our deepest condolences to his family and the entire SMSC."
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community said Saturday that SMSC Chairman Stanley Crooks has died, reports the Prior Lake American.

In a statement, SMSC said Crooks "passed away this morning at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, from natural causes surrounded by his loving family and friends."

Crooks, who was 70, was chairman of the SMSC since 1992. He also served as chairman of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association for many years.

Feature:Rare one-on-one interview with Stanley Crooks

Under Crooks' leadership, tribal members approved community donations of more than $243 million to tribes and charitable organizations since 1996 -- as well as tribal loans of more than $450 million for economic development and community development.

Reacting to Crooks' death on Twitter, Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke tweeted, "Sad to hear of the passing of SMSC Chairman Stanley Crooks today. Our deepest condolences to his family and the entire SMSC."

In a statement after Crooks' death, SMSC Vice Chair Charlie Vig said that Crooks was "a true mentor and a true leader."

Editor's note: BringMeTheNews.com raised $3 million in capital from the SMSC last month. The SMSC has been a sponsor of the pioneering online broadcast news curator for nearly two years, and have a minority ownership in the company.

In a statement about the investment, Crooks said, "(We) look forward to generating more awareness about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community – both our history and traditions and our efforts to apply those traditions today through our philanthropy and environmental initiatives."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 7.04.37 PM

LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities

We'll have live updates as the storms move through the metro.

tornado

Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

The watch will remain in place until midnight.

Wild fox.

Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu

This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.

New COVID-19 testing site in Midway neighborhood.

New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise

Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.

Screen Shot 2022-05-11 at 4.47.49 PM

St. Joseph man dies in motorcycle crash

The 27-year-old motorcyclist struck a curb, causing him to lose control before he crashed.

Downtown-Bike-Day_WS_No-logo

Downtown bike day—city biking at its best!

Move Minneapolis and ABC Ramps Mobility invite you to come along for the ride at Target Plaza on June 1, 2022

Anthony Skelley

Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale

The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'

The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.

police lights

Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene

An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.

Anthony Skelley

17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified

The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.

tornado, severe weather

Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska

Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 9.08.37 AM

Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open

The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.

Related

Services for Stanley Crooks set for Tuesday night, Wednesday morning

A traditional overnight wake will be held Tuesday night for Stanley Crooks, who died over the weekend after leading the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux band for 20 years. Crooks will be buried Wednesday at the tribal cemetery in Prior Lake.

Friends pay tribute as Dakota leader Stanley Crooks is laid to rest

For twenty years Crooks was the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe. He helped shape the direction of the band as it became one of the wealthiest in the nation, urging his fellow tribesmen to share their excess with others. One says he ranks alongside Sitting Bull and Red Cloud among the greatest Indian leaders.

Shakopee Sioux gain major role at Canterbury in pact

The new 24-page agreement between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and Canterbury Park goes beyond having the tribe increase race purses in exchange for the track dropping its push for racino – it gives the Shakopee Sioux a major presence at the state's premiere horse racing venue. The tribe likely will heavily market its Mystic Lake Casino at the track. And the Sioux get naming rights to the winner's circle.

BringMeTheNews raises $3 million

A new investment by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will fuel local and national expansion of the media company.

Growing on a great foundation

Today BringMeTheNews announces a $3 million investment in the company by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Shakopee, Tribe sniffing for solutions to compost smell

A recycling facility for organic materials is generating a nasty odor issue for residents in Shakopee. One resident is concerned the problem is so bad it could decrease home values. The Shakopee Patch has more on how the city and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community are working to limit the smell from the facility.

Canterbury, Shakopee tribe sign 75M gambling deal

The Star Tribune reports the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Canterbury Park horse-racing track have reached a 10-year agreement. The deal calls for the tribe, which operates the nearby Mystic Lake Casino, to contribute tens of millions of dollars to Canterbury purses. In exchange, owners of the racetrack in Shakopee agree to end their pursuit to add slot machines and help block efforts to expand gambling in the Twin Cities metro area.

Securian vice chairman stepping down

Randy Wallake is retiring from his executive post on June 30 after 25 years with the St. Paul-based financial group. Wallake joined Securian as vice president of pension sales and was named vice chairman in 2005 and president in 2007.