Today, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians along with USDA Rural Development broke ground on a new heritage center.
“The heritage center will preserve the rich culture of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa,” said Schneider. “It is important to have a place for people to gain perspective and learn about their unique past.”
The 5,500-square-foot heritage center will be used to educate with a particular focus on cultural arts, language, customs and history. The Turtle Mountain Indian Historical Society will maintain the historical artifacts and archives.
Through the Community Facilities program, USDA Rural Development provided a $1.5 million loan and $50,000 grant to help build the center. Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $235 million in North Dakota tribal communities. To learn more about the community facilities program, please visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.