Standing Rock Sioux Tribe –
Construction of Standing Rock Youth Services Center

Grant Amount: $500,000

Location: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is located in both North Dakota and South Dakota and is the sixth largest reservation in land area in the United States. The Reservation encompasses an area of 3,572 square miles. The site selected for the project is located in Fort Yates, North Dakota, one mile south of the intersection of 92nd Street and Highway 24.

Scope: The project includes the construction of a new 15,679 square foot facility on 8.5 acres. The project will include 18 beds for juveniles, multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, and classrooms. Site improvements will include sidewalks, a parking lot, access roadway, security systems, and a recreation area. Water, storm lines, electrical, gas, and communication services are available to be extended to the site. Not included in the project is the installation of a sanitary sewer system that was completed under a separate contract.

Status: The project budget is $7,385,000 and is composed of the BJA grant of $500,000 and multiple supplementary grants and tribal contributions. Issuance of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was completed on March 16, 2007. The project achieved substantial completion in January 2011. The construction consisted of concrete spread footings, bar joists with a metal deck roof and CMU wall structures. Site improvements included sidewalks, a parking lot, access roadway, security provisions and systems, and a recreation area.

As of March 2011, no action had been taken by BIA to provide transitional operations and staffing. The tribe reports that they have submitted all the required drawings, certifications, and calculations to allow for the final building inspection and issuance of a certificate of occupancy from BIA. A staffing and operations plan as well as the securement of long term funding for the facility is pending from BIA.