April 5, 2018
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians was awarded a $750,000 grant for its affordable housing project in Minneapolis yesterday. Congressman Keith Ellison along with Bridgewater Bank and its partner bank Federal Home Loan Bank - Des Moines presented the check to Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. and Economic Development and Planning Director, Sam Strong.
The project that the Red Lake Band is developing will be called, Mino-Bimaadiziwin, which means "The Good Life" and will be a 109 unit mixed development in South Minneapolis, it will offer 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments. Along with various other health service offices on the first floor like the Red Lake Embassy Office, a Wellness Clinic to name a few of the additional amenities to serve the tenants and the Native American community.
This will be the first large scale and meaningful project the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians has ever done to support the "Off Reservation" members. Red Lake designed Mino-Bimaadiziwin to specifically address the housing, health, and cultural needs of its Tribal Members, as well as the members and descendants of other tribes.
During the ceremony yesterday, Congressman Ellison called the project a "Critical Project" to help the Urban community. Chairman Seki stated "We always talk about helping our people here in Minneapolis and we are now finally doing it!"
Mino-Bimaadiziwin is an affordable housing project that is completely funded through tax credit financing and grants from Bridgewater Band and Federal Home Loan Bank, Metropolitan Council, City of Minneapolis and several other grant sources. Construction is slated to begin next year.
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