Dakotas tribe opens $31M administration building

9/20/2013 7:00 AM
By Associated Press

AGENCY VILLAGE, S.D. (AP) — The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribe on Friday opened a $31 million administration building in the northeastern South Dakota town of Agency Village.

The facility was funded with the largest Rural Development Community Facilities loan in South Dakota history, said Patrice Kunesh, deputy undersecretary for rural development with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who attended the grand opening celebration.

"It replaces 26 individual offices and will serve as a central hub, assisting tribal members with their social, educational, and housing needs," Kunesh said.

The facility came about through USDA's StrikeForce Initiative, a program aimed at increasing technical assistance and other investments in poverty-stricken communities. The tribe blessed ground for it about two years ago.

It will serve more than 7,000 members of the tribe that resides on the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.

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