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January 2013

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Riverside Campus Gets a Makeover

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.]

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Improving Indian Affairs’ Water Systems

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.]

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Santa Rosa Boarding School Dorms Demolished, But Saguaros Survive

Asbestos and other hazardous wastes are removed from the Tohono O’odham Nation site, while two saguaro cacti remain standing.

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Focus: Replacement School Ranking Process Tested

A test model provided an opportunity to apply a proposed ranking formula in a simulated environment, observe the outcome and report the findings.

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Briefs: January 2013

Chemawa Begins Roofing Effort for Gymnasium and Pool | Zuni Pueblo Law Enforcement Goes Modular [Video] | OFMC Improves Plains Indian Museum Facilities [Video]

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OFMC Focuses MI&R on Schools in "Poor" Condition

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.

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Blackfeet Quarters Get Radon Mitigation

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.]

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OFMC Leads ARRA Performers

OFMC is the second DOI program to bring its ARRA construction projects to "substantial completion."

[Video: See the Museum’s improvements.]

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OJS Quarters Projects Feature Solar Energy

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.]

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Fencing is Key to Safe Schools

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.]

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Rough Rock Community School Recognized by Arizona’s Green Building Council

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.]


October 2012

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That's A Wrap! - Dedication of Two Replacement Schools Concludes ARRA Construction Era

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.

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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]

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That's A Wrap! - OFMC’s ARRA-Funded On-the-Job Training Programs Lead to Success

OFMC’s 19 workforce training programs helped 306 American Indians gain job skills, with some landing jobs immediately. [Video]

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That's A Wrap! - OFMC and National Park Service Replace the Crow Creek Tribal School

Department of the Interior agencies team up to complete the ARRA-funded school in South Dakota. [Video]

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Focus: MAXIMO Training Schedule

With the transition from FMIS to MAXIMO scheduled to be completed next month, training has become the focus.

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Briefly: Fort Peck Water Project Dedication Features Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure

The Fort Peck Dry Prairie Rural Water Supply Project was dedicated in August by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Del Laverdure.

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Hunters Point Library Opens

An 8,000 square foot replacement library/classroom building opened in August at Hunters Point Boarding School in Arizona.

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Kickapoo Library Gives School a New Face

Kansas school gets a new 6,522 square foot library built onto the front of the old school.

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Blackwater Gets Cafeteria, Classrooms

Three modular buildings have been constructed at Blackwater Community School in Arizona, including a cafeteria.

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Three Classrooms Add Space to Sitting Bull Day School

Enrollment jump prompts need for three new portable classrooms at South Dakota school.

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Circle of Life Replacement School Adds Illusion to Minnesota's White Earth Reservation

From a distance, the colored bricks in the gymnasium wall seem to curve, though they are placed in the customary manner. [Video]

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Oneida Nation School Gets New Air-Cooled Chiller, Tanks for HVAC

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.

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Ceremony Opens Replacement School in Loneman, S.D.

New ground source heat pump cooling system allows Loneman Day School students to weather South Dakota heat wave that shut down other schools. [Video]


July 2012

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Demolition Dominates 2012 Space Reduction

256,00 square feet of buildings is removed from Indian Affairs facilities inventory.

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Focus on Detention Center Facility Conditions Pays Off

Conditions at Office of Justice Services detention centers improve, according to the FMIS Facilities Condition Index.

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Rocky Boy's Detention Center Opens

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.

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Solar Hot Water Heating Saves Thousands of Dollars Annually at Ute Mountain Detention Facility

Pilot energy project shows potential for Office of Justice Services detention centers.

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Focus: Murals Facing Destruction

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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Briefs: July 2012

iQMIS to be Implemented in August; National Housing Assignment Policy Assists in Determining Priority Occupants | Crosswalking Data Screens Show Progress Toward FBMS’s November Implementation | School Construction Handbook Updated

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Columbia River Shines Due to Clean Up of Tribal Fishing Sites

DECRM environmental auditors and the general public praise the conditions of tribal fishing sites owned by the BIA.

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Loneman Day School Readied for August Opening

Loneman Day School in South Dakota is 56,859 square feet and will serve a projected 267 students.

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Planning Focuses on Final Schools on FY2004 Replacement School List

Ten of 14 Schools listed on the Replacement School Construction Priority List in the March 24, 2004 Federal Register have been built.

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Three LEED Awards Given For Rough Rock Community School

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.

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Sanostee Day School’s April Opening

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.

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Department of the Interior’s Key ARRA Project Opens in South Dakota

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.

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OFMC Structural Fire Protection Program Training Returns to Quileute, Wash.

Twenty-nine firefighters from the Northern Tier came to Quileute, while 50 from the Southwest attended training in Socorro, N.M., last month.


April 2012

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Radon Gas Testing Underway

Rocky Mountain Region’s Blackfeet Dorm and St. Stephens Indian School are pilot testing locations to inaugurate OFMC’s radon testing.

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Water Quality Initiative Begins

OFMC will be ensuring good facility conditions and proper testing at scores of Indian Affairs water treatment plants.

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Havasupai Solar Panels Gets EPA OK

Water system, school must be priority on power distribution, says EPA.

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Havasupai Elementary School’s Modular Classroom Arrives Via Helicopter

Students will have a new modular classroom with reliable bathrooms.

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Structural Fire Protection Focuses on Alarms, Sprinklers

San Simon Elementary School is just one stop on alarm initiative.

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Woodpeckers Prompt Shift in Roofing TPO

Wind and birds cause turmoil atop Arizona school.

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Focus: Paint Ball at Chemawa

Proceeds from private enterprises on leased Indian Trust land at Chemawa Indian School could directly benefit student activity.

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Briefs: April 2012

Hopi Tap Water Safe Again | FMMS Transition Continues | O&M Set for Administration at Santa Fe Indian School | Rough Rock Gets New Fire Station, Truck

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OFMC, OJS Working on Employee Housing, Modular Offices

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.

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OFMC, BIE Working On Modular Buildings

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.

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DSRM: Using POWER to Reduce Injury and Job Time Loss

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.

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OFECR Director Jack Rever to Retire

Indian Affairs has decreased the number of schools and dormitories in poor condition from 114 to 63 during Rever’s tenure.