Bois Forte Band of Chippewa – Renovation of Nett Lake Law Enforcement Facility

Grant Amount: $787,500

Location: Bois Forte, or “strong wood,” was the French name given to the Indians living in the densest forests of what is now extreme northern Minnesota. The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa (BFBC) is one of six constituent members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. The 200 square mile Bois Forte Reservation is located in extreme northern Minnesota, approximately 45 miles south of the Canadian border. The Reservation is divided into three sectors: Nett Lake, Vermilion, and Deer Creek. At 163 square miles, the Nett Lake sector, which is home to the majority of the tribe's members serves as the location of the tribe's primary government offices and is the tribe's largest holding located in St. Louis and Koochiching counties. The project is located at 12907 Palmquist Road, Nett Lake, Minnesota at the Nett Lake Law Enforcement Center.

Scope: The project involves renovating a 3,000 square foot portion of the existing 4,650 SF Nett Lake Law Enforcement Center. The project's scope also includes designing and constructing a 1,300 square foot addition, reconfiguration of the facility's entrances, and site improvements including new paving and landscaping. The facility was originally constructed in 1960 and houses both the Nett Lake Police Department and the BFBC tribal courthouse, which was renovated in 2006. The Facility will be reconfigured to include new offices, an evidence room, a control room, a conference room, a fitness room, new holding areas, and laundry and mechanical spaces.

Status: The project is complete. The project received National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance on March 11, 2011 via a Categorical Exclusion. BFBC utilized a design-bid-build approach to project delivery and awarded an architectural and engineering (A/E) services contract to Architectural Resources (AR) of Hibbing, Minnesota in March 2011. AR completed the construction documents in July 2011, and BFBC awarded a general construction contract to TL Construction of Floodwood, Minnesota in August 2011.

Renovations commenced in September 2011 and the project reached final completion, including site improvements, in July 2012. The project was completed within schedule and budget and a grand opening was held on October 15, 2012. This grant is now closed.