The new Coyote Valley Hotel will be 55,000 square feet and will have 101 guest rooms. It is located along US Highway 101, a major commercial artery bringing customers through the region for business, tourism and gaming purposes. The tribe is also increasing wastewater capacity and building safer highway access to the reservation.
The Karuk Tribe constructed a 4,800 sq ft family services center in Happy Camp, California. The center houses many tribal programs including cash aid, behavioral and substance abuse counseling, job training and employment assistance, and Indian Child Welfare and social services. Additionally, the tribe constructed an 11,400 sq ft resident services center, also in Happy Camp, that houses a full-service gymnasium/community center with separate exercise and locker rooms. Finally, the Karuk Tribe used the financing to rehabilitate a medical and dental clinic in Yreka, CA improving traffic flow and parking as well as repairing the leaking roof and updating the HVAC system.
Red Lake Inc., an economic development enterprise of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, and its subsidiary, Red Lake Retail, are building a new grocery store to better serve the Red Lake Reservation and surrounding community. The store, directly across the street from the existing Red Lake Trading Post, will increase store space to about 2.5 times current space, add a Subway restaurant, expand produce, dairy, meat and grocery options, and will help realize substantial energy savings.
The Minnewaukan Public School District No. 5 needed to relocate its school building because it was continuously threatened by the rising water levels of the adjacent Devils Lake in Minnewaukan, ND. The previous building also did not meet the school’s needs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. More than 90 percent of students are members of either the Spirit Lake Tribe or the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Community health center for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe
The Molokai Community Health Center (MCHC) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of the Hawaiian island of Molokai, who are predominantly Native Hawaiians. The Native Hawaiian community lags behind other minority groups in the state in factors pertaining to economic success, and the community also suffers from poor health outcomes. The multi-building campus is located on six acres, and it already offers acute care, dental services, mental health services, pediatric care and dietician services. The coming phases will add a well-baby clinic, a physical therapy pool and general upgrades to numerous campus buildings. NMTC funding will also allow for an expansion of an on-site commercial kitchen to allow local vendors to use the space to prepare food to support food-based micro-enterprises. Decking will be added to provide access to the entire campus for all patients, and it will be compliant to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Durant Wellness Center provides opportunities for wellness-related recreational and educational activities including but not limited to: group fitness classes, biometric screens, nutritional counseling, wellness coaching, and general fitness facility usage. The center features 6,982 square feet dedicated to strength and cardio equipment; 6,144 square feet for a full-court basketball gymnasium; a 10-foot-wide suspended walking/jogging track; 3,571 square feet dedicated to recurring CrossFit classes; 750 square feet for indoor cycling; and three fitness studios with a combined 2,726 square feet for fitness classes, yoga, martial arts and various other classes. The wellness center generated 120 construction jobs, 16 retained and 18 new full-time jobs.
The Yukon-Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility (YKEALF) recently received substantial economic help as U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank, and Travois New Markets, a Community Development Entity dedicated to investments in Indian Country, worked together to provide the facility with more than $2 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) equity. The funding will allow for the installation of solar panels and the addition of a wood-based heating system at the new $7.8 million facility, provide capital for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment and create a reserve of capital to fund operations. Five federally recognized Alaska Native tribes came together to build the facility in central Alaska: Nulato Tribe, Louden Tribe, Native Tribe of Koyukuk, Ruby Tribe and the Kaltag Tribe. The tribes needed a conveniently located facility for their elders, who otherwise would have to travel 150 miles to receive access to safe, affordable housing, a subsistence diet, medical care and quality assisted living services. Because of the new facility, which moved in its first tenant in July, up to 11 elders can remain in their communities and receive top quality housing and health care. The construction phase provided 28 jobs, and once operational, the facility will employ nine full-time-equivalent employees. “In every community and culture, it is important to keep the elderly close to family and friends,” said Lahka Peacock, an advisor to YKEALF and owner of Rural Development Group. “In remote Alaska Native villages, the importance is much higher. As cultural traditions, stories and language are slowly lost, keeping the elders close to their villages to share this information is a chance at keeping the traditions and language alive. The benefits of this facility are as important for the elderly as they are for the entire region.” In addition to keeping the elders connected to their community, YKEALF will allow for interaction between generations. Community members will provide elders with food from fishing, hunting, trapping and gathering. Local students will adopt an elder, receive mentoring and help with housekeeping and kitchen duties. Elders will be able to pass on their knowledge and values by teaching cultural crafts and singing, sharing in potlatches and telling stories. “The NMTC funds will allow the facility to get on its feet and remain operational with the installation of cost-saving renewable energy systems. With winter temperatures of 52 degrees below zero and close to the highest electrical costs in the nation, operating a facility like this is costly,” Peacock said. “With an abundance of wood in the area and 24 hours of daylight in the summer, YKEALF’s Council decided that the installation of a wood-burning boiler system and solar panels would be a smart decision, but the cost for the system was beyond its capacity. The New Markets Tax Credit financing from Travois New Markets and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation will make these cost-saving systems a reality.” “Construction and energy costs are extremely high in rural Alaska,” said Phil Glynn, vice president of economic development for Travois. “Our NMTC financing will help YKEALF operate this critical facility in a financially and environmentally sustainable manner. We would like to thank Jason Evans of Financial Alaska and Alaska Growth Capital for connecting us to this project.”
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Community Dental Facility This investment helps the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians to construct a center that will meet the dental care needs of band members and other regional residents. The project also creates classroom and practical education space to offer career training to band members. The dental center has agreements in place with a local community college and college of dentistry to help Native American students seek careers in this critical field.