Chippewa Cree Tribe –
Construction of Chippewa Cree Multi-Purpose Justice Facility

Grant Amount: $12,374,177

Location: The Chippewa Cree Tribe (CCT) is comprised of 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, six miles east of Highway 87 on the south side of Route 6, off of BIA Route 448. The terrain is primarily rolling foothills and prairie land.

Scope: The project involves designing and constructing the Chippewa Cree Detention Center. The one-story 32,350 square foot (SF) multi-purpose facility will accommodate corrections as well as law enforcement. The facility's correctional unit will accommodate adult and juveniles, and accordingly was designed to be in compliance with the "Sight and Sound Separation" core requirement of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The facility is currently configured to detain 30 adult males and females, and 18 male and female juveniles. The corrections and law enforcement units will include administrative support offices, a secure vehicle sally port, food preparation, dining, laundry, and recreation space.

The project also includes extending local utilities to the facility and installing site improvements consisting of paved roadways, entrances and parking lots, landscaping, and site security lighting.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will provided transition, activation, and operating and maintenance (O&M) funding for the facility and will be reviewing the construction documents, performing final inspections, and issuing the certificate of occupancy.

Status: The project is complete and the facility is occupied and operational. CCT received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance via a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in June 2010. CCT utilized a phased approach to project design and construction and awarded architectural and engineering (A/E) and construction management (CM) services contracts to ICON Architectural Group of Grand Forks, North Dakota in December 2009. ICON completed the civil and foundation drawings prior to completion of the building drawings which allowed Chippewa Cree Construction Company (CCCC), a tribally owned general contractor, to commence construction in July 2010.

ICON completed the construction documents in October 2010 and CCCC completed construction of the facility in mid-2012. BIA performed a final inspection and issued a certificate of occupancy in September 2012. CCT will phase transition and activation of the facility's multiple units based on the need for additional corrections space and the availability of operations and maintenance funding.