|USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCING PROVIDES MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBE’S GOVERNMENT CENTER AND HEALTH CLINIC|
|, Jun 01, 2011
Outline Of Need:
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has two outdated trailers in which to conduct their government services and programs. The structures are not big enough to host their monthly meetings. The tribe does not have a facility large enough for a library or a health care center.
How Rural Development Helped:
Through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has received a $12.7 million loan, which they will use to build a government center, library, and health care building.
The 46,000 square foot structure will be built on the tribe’s 60-acre lot in Mashpee, breaking ground by early fall 2011. The tribe will be able to create spaces for administrative offices, mental health and other public health services, a gymnasium and fitness center, a library, a function hall with a kitchen, the tribal court, and areas for tribal elders and youth.
With this loan, the tribe will be able to plan and over-see their own foster care, school programs, and economic development. For the first time in history they will be able to house their own meetings, saving approximately $150,000 per year in rental and utility costs.
“It is our first government operations building that will house all of our services and programs. It will be a gathering place we can call our own,” said Tribal council chairman Cedric Cromwell. “I’ve got to pinch myself as a reminder that this is real.”
The project will also create construction jobs, which will serve as a boost to the local economy.