- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln facility that serves Native Americans is looking to expand.

Lincoln Indian Center officials want to build a new $12 million, 46,000-square foot facility and renovate their current headquarters.

If it moves forward, the new building would be built west of the current center on the current powwow grounds, according to the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1oneIzl ). The powwow grounds would move north of the current center.

The new center would include a gymnasium, interpretive center, cultural center and administrative offices.

Indian Center executive director Clyde Tyndall says employees have outgrown the current facility, built in 1980. The old building would be used for nonprofits that may want to lease space. Tyndall said he’d like to see other local cultural organizations lease space once the building is renovated.

“We’ve got people almost in cubby holes,” Tyndall said. “We’ve been planning this project for about a year now.”

Tyndall said officials will apply for a $3 million federal tax credit to help pay for the project. They also hope to secure a $3 million bank loan and $6 million in grants.

The center recently submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for funds to renovate the current building. A current tenant of the Indian Center, the Mark of Honor Youth Lodge, a group home, probably would remain in the building after it is renovated, Tyndall said.

The Indian Center was founded in 1969, initially operating out of an office in downtown Lincoln. It’s now located about a mile north of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. A $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration helped pay for construction of the current building.

A Lincoln-based, Native-owned architectural firm, Encompass Architects, has drafted initial plans for the new building. The Native-owned Bear Claw Construction of Kansas City, Missouri, has agreed to help build the new headquarters and move the powwow grounds.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com


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