- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) - The Three Affiliated Tribes is building a multimillion-dollar law enforcement center and tribal court building in New Town that will contain cultural artworks and artifacts.

The tribe has needed a new facility for decades, and the need on the Fort Berthold Reservation has recently become more acute, Tribal Chairman Mark Fox told the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1S3HGxZ ).

“With the advent of oil and gas production on Fort Berthold (and) the significant rise in crime, the need for further protection has become critical,” he said.

The new 30,000-square-foot building will cost about $17 million, according to Fox. Architect Randy Lindemann said it should be ready early next year.

“It’s law enforcement on one side and courts on the other,” he said. “There are two large courtrooms; one of them is a jury courtroom and the other is a special proceedings courtroom.”

The law enforcement side will include prisoner cells, a combat training room and a 911 center with six dispatch stations.

A mural on the building’s exterior will depict a “protecting the herd” concept, Lindemann said. The artwork is being done by tribal member Dennis Fox.

The glass in one courtroom will have murals of famous Native American photographs and paintings. Ceilings in both courtrooms will have a traditional star blanket, Lindemann said. Wood for the building will come from wood species that the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes used years ago for building earth lodges.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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