Briefly 7-23-2014

Ground breakings being held on Fort Berthold

Ground-breaking ceremonies for new buildings in several communities on the Fort Berthold Reservation are being held this week.

The ground breakings include:

* White Shield: Today at 11 a.m. for three new buildings a school, community center and Head Start. The ground-breaking site is across from the White Shield Cultural Center.

* Parshall: Thursday at 11 a.m. for the Parshall Resource Center. The ground-breaking site is at the old Resource Center.

* New Town: Thursday at 2 p.m. for the Communication Building. The ground-breaking site is by the existing facility west of New Town.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a new Elder Center in Twin Buttes.

The buildings are among a number of special projects approved by the Three Affiliated Tribes business council for Fort Berthold communities.

Eloise Ogden

Open houses set for Heritage Center

BISMARCK The public is invited to attend a weekend of open houses in celebration of the completion of the first two State Museum galleries at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

An open house for the Adaptation Gallery: Geologic Time will be Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An open house for the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples will be Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Geologic Time Gallery open house will feature presentations about fossils by N.D. Geologic Survey paleontologists, behind-the-scenes paleontology tours of the Heritage Center, films being shownand a children’s workshop.

The Early Peoples Gallery open house will have special presentations related to the theme of Innovation, Change, and Tradition. Music, oral, dance, and art traditions will be presented by renowned artists. There will be the raising of a tepee.

All activities are free. A full schedule of events for both days is at (history.nd.gov/openhouse).

Federal funds to create jobs on reservations

North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced Monday that the Coalition of Indian Housing Authorities of North Dakota has been awarded a $177,614 federal grant to create jobs and strengthen businesses on Indian reservations in the state.

Awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, the funding will be used to establish a revolving loan fund to provide technical assistance to small and emerging businesses that benefit Native Americans living on or near reservations.