HANNAHVILLE – Ground broke Wednesday for a new health clinic and government services building for the Hannaville Indian community after a year and a half of planning.
Members of the Hannaville community joined officials and others from the area to commemorate the event.
The 60,000 square foot building includes tribal courts, a food pantry, tribal government offices and a health, dental and vision center. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, with Miron Construction Corporation as the construction manager and ISG as the architect.
The ceremony was held at the site of the future building at N15756 Hannaville B-1 Road, just east of the Pottawatomie Heritage Center.
The ceremony started with a song of honor by tribal drummers. The blessing of the grounds was conducted by Tribal Elder Victoria Dowd.
Dowd calls the space a healing place that aids in spiritual and emotional growth.
“Our ancestors gave us this.” Dowd addressed the crowd for the groundbreaking.
Tribal Chairman Kenneth Meshigaud recalled the offices he was in when he first became involved in tribal governance. He said it’s a double-wide trailer that holds several coffee cans on hand when it rains to catch water from the roof.
“We’ve come a long way and still have a ways to go.” Meshigad said.
Meshigaud said the planning phase of the project has been going on for the past one and a half years. He thanked Miron Construction and ISG for their efforts on the project.
Miron Construction Vice President Tim Kipenhan thanked the tribe for partnering with the company. he said “The pressure is now on our shoulders.” To complete the project.
For Tribal Health Director Cindy Meshigaud, the new health center has been a long time coming. For the past 19 years, she has been asking for a new building to be built for her.
“It was the fight.” She said.
He said he was thankful that the health center was able to add new services when the building was completed.