Chippewa Cree Tribe –
Renovation of Detention Facilities

Grant Amount: $149,969

Location: The Chippewa Cree Tribe (CCT) is comprised of the descendants of the Cree and Chippewa, two of the largest groups of Native Americans in North America. CCT’s reservation, the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, is the smallest reservation in Montana at 171 square miles. The reservation is located in Hill and Chouteau Counties in northeastern Montana and has nine settlements, the largest of which is Box Elder. The project is located in Box Elder, seven miles east of Highway 87 on the south side of Upper Box Elder Road.

Scope: The project includes the renovation of an existing Chippewa Cree Detention Facility, which was originally built in 2000, intended to function as a fire house, and subsequently retrofitted to accommodate detention and law enforcement functions. The renovations will be completed in phases with phase one immediately addressing existing operating and maintenance concerns, and phase two completed upon the activation of the new BJA-funded CC Detention Center which is being constructed approximately one mile west of the facility. Phase two will complete the project and is intended to allow the existing facility to serve as a domestic violence center.

Phase one renovations include correcting building deficiencies and upgrading the facility’s security and life safety systems, including upgrading mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems; repairing interior finishes; installing new detention-grade doors and locks; and purchasing appliances, furniture, and a back-up power generator. CCT intends to perform phase one while the facility is occupied.

Status: The first phase of the project is substantially complete but phase two has not commenced. CCT received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) in August 2009. Phase one renovations, including select MEP and security upgrades and procuring and installing new furnishings and equipment and new interior finishes, commenced in December 2010 and were substantially completed by summer 2011. The project was most recently scheduled for final completion by summer 2012 but no additional work has been completed since BJA froze the remaining grant funds due to unresolved administrative issues. The project will not be completed until CCT resolves these issues and the remainder of the grant funds are released.