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OFMC and the Navajo Nation share in funding the 112,375 square foot complex in New Mexico.
[Video: Watch the DSRM safety inspection of the complex.]
The 2012 Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting has elevated efforts across Indian Country to ensure student and staff security in BIE-funded schools and dormitories.
Computer graphic advancements aid preserving artwork.
[Video: See what will become of the school five murals on the walls of Dennehotso Boarding School.]
[Video: Watch the Dennehotso ground-breaking celebration.]
Since 2007, OFMC’s School Design Handbook has kept up with the latest in facility construction standards.
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OFMC builds Arizona boarding school on same site.
[Play Video: Watch the ground-breaking celebration.]
[Play Video: Discover what will become of the school’s five murals.]
Firefighters from four BIE-funded schools attend hands-on training.
[Play Video: OFMC teaches how to use the new trucks.]
OJS quarters are powered by solar panels; increased insulation leads to energy savings.
[Play Video: See the Ute Mountain Ute Agency Detention Center’s solar hot water and solar power applications.]
OFMC funded the K-8 Twin Buttes Day School replacement project. The new school will be dedicated later this year.
OFMC’s replacement Wide Ruins Community School in Arizona gets underway.
[Play Video: See the Wide Ruins ground-breaking celebration.]
[Play Video: See the plans for the Wide Ruins aquarium’s new home.]
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The focal point of the Riverside Indian School campus is shifting as new buildings are constructed to replace the old.
[Video: Riverside Student Council President Michelle Torres anticipates her speech.]
In view of the EPA Settlement Agreement, OFMC is conducting a condition assessment of the estimated 211 Indian Affairs-funded water treatment systems. The goal is to bring them into good condition over time.
[Video: OFMC resolves the elevated arsenic levels in Keams Canyon, Ariz., water.]
Asbestos and other hazardous wastes are removed from the Tohono O’odham Nation site, while two saguaro cacti remain standing.
A test model provided an opportunity to apply a proposed ranking formula in a simulated environment, observe the outcome and report the findings.
In FY2013, OFMC will fund Minor Improvement & Repair (MI&R) projects to address health/safety and critical system needs at 33 schools it lists as in "poor" condition.
Selected employee quarters at the Blackfeet Dormitory in Montana have been fitted with improved ventilation systems to lower radon gas levels.
[Video: Pilot Radon testing at St. Stephens Indian School in Wyoming.]
[Video: Tour Blackfeet Dorm, including the employee quarters.]
OFMC is the second DOI program to bring its ARRA construction projects to "substantial completion."
[Video: See the Museum’s improvements.]
OFMC’s five-home, solar-powered project now being completed will house Office of Justice Services (OJS) employees at the Ute Mountain Ute Agency in Colorado.
[Video: Tour the energy improvements at the Ute Mountain Ute detention center.]
Chemawa Indian School in Oregon and KinLani Bordertown Dormitory in Arizona get security upgrades in line with BIE’s Safe Schools Initiative.
[Video: See the KinLani gates which allow the dorm’s neighbors access to their community.]
[Video: Watch the Winslow Dormitory gate in action.]
The Arizona chapter of the Green Building Council cited Rough Rock Community School’s three LEED awards. Rough Rock won the chapter’s K-12 Schools category.
[Video: Tour the Rough Rock Community School.]
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OFMC oversaw the use of $305,409,812 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds for more than 100 construction projects across Indian Country.
That's A Wrap! - OFMC’s ARRA Cost Savings Funded the Replacement of Kaibeto Boarding School in Arizona
A highlight of OFMC’s four-year, ARRA-funded construction program was the unanticipated funding of the Kaibeto Boarding School replacement project in Arizona. [Video]
OFMC’s 19 workforce training programs helped 306 American Indians gain job skills, with some landing jobs immediately. [Video]
Department of the Interior agencies team up to complete the ARRA-funded school in South Dakota. [Video]
With the transition from FMIS to MAXIMO scheduled to be completed next month, training has become the focus.
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The Fort Peck Dry Prairie Rural Water Supply Project was dedicated in August by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure.
An 8,000 square foot replacement library/classroom building opened in August at Hunters Point Boarding School in Arizona.
Kansas school gets a new 6,522 square foot library built onto the front of the old school.
Three modular buildings have been constructed at Blackwater Community School in Arizona, including a cafeteria.
Enrollment jump prompts need for three new portable classrooms at South Dakota school.
From a distance, the colored bricks in the gymnasium wall seem to curve, though they are placed in the customary manner. [Video]
Wisconsin school moves from a 270 ton unit to a more more efﬁ cient 155 ton unit, with electrical cost savings estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 per year.
New ground source heat pump cooling system allows Loneman Day School students to weather South Dakota heat wave that shut down other schools. [Video]
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256,00 square feet of buildings is removed from Indian Affairs facilities inventory.
Conditions at Office of Justice Services detention centers improve, according to the FMIS Facilities Condition Index.
OFMC will supply Operations & Maintenance (O&M) funding for part of the new Chippewa Cree Tribal Justice Center which opened in May on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Montana.
Pilot energy project shows potential for Office of Justice Services detention centers.
Many Indian Affairs schools feature murals by local artists. The time to arrange for the preservation of such artwork should be well before the building is ready to be demolished.
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DECRM environmental auditors and the general public praise the conditions of tribal ﬁshing sites owned by the BIA.
Loneman Day School in South Dakota is 56,859 square feet and will serve a projected 267 students.
Ten of 14 Schools listed on the Replacement School Construction Priority List in the March 24, 2004 Federal Register have been built.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold Award goes to the high school dorm and the elementary school building. The elementary school dorm earns a Silver Award.
Celebrating the April opening of Sanostee Day School are OFMC Deputy Director Emerson Eskeets (left), New Mexico Navajo North Education Line Ofﬁce Facility Supervisor Sandra Ahasteen and Project Manager Melvin Tsethlikai who works for OFMC’s Navajo Regional Ofﬁce.
OFMC’s St. Francis Indian School gymnasium and kitchen addition is the Department’s 4,000th Project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Twenty-nine ﬁreﬁghters from the Northern Tier came to Quileute, while 50 from the Southwest attended training in Socorro, N.M., last month.
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Rocky Mountain Region’s Blackfeet Dorm and St. Stephens Indian School are pilot testing locations to inaugurate OFMC’s radon testing.
OFMC will be ensuring good facility conditions and proper testing at scores of Indian Affairs water treatment plants.
Water system, school must be priority on power distribution, says EPA.
Students will have a new modular classroom with reliable bathrooms.
San Simon Elementary School is just one stop on alarm initiative.
Wind and birds cause turmoil atop Arizona school.
Proceeds from private enterprises on leased Indian Trust land at Chemawa Indian School could directly benefit student activity.
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OFMC and the Office of Justice Services have created priority lists for both constructing new employee quarters and installing modular buildings to serve as police offices and substations.
OFMC and BIE are addressing modular classroom or office needs at 19 locations across Indian Country based upon BIE’s August 2011 request for more classroom and office space due to increasing enrollment or deteriorating conditions in existing buildings.
Indian Affairs did not meet its required goals of a 4 percent annual decrease in total cases rates and lost time case rates for injury and illness. Indian Affairs showed a 5 percent and 10 percent increase, respectively.
Indian Affairs has decreased the number of schools and dormitories in poor condition from 114 to 63 during Rever’s tenure.