- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. (AP) - The U.S. Agriculture Department is partnering with the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota to open a new Head Start educational facility on the tribe’s reservation.

The USDA says Cankdeska Cikana Community College is also sponsoring the center’s groundbreaking in Fort Totten during a symposium on children’s services this week. The tribal college will run the early education program for infants to 6-year-olds.

The reservation currently has 11 Head Start classrooms in modular structures, where meals are delivered by bus. The USDA says the system is inefficient and the locations all need repairs.

The new 38,000-square-foot building will accommodate up to 175 children with 14 classrooms, a kitchen and a multi-purpose room.

The USDA says it will provide a $4.4 million loan to complete the project in early 2016.

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