In view of the EPA Settlement Agreement, OFMC is conducting a condition assessment of the estimated 211 Indian Affairs-funded water treatment systems. The goal is to bring them into good condition over time.
Video: OFMC resolves the elevated arsenic levels in Keams Canyon, Ariz., water.
Asbestos and other hazardous wastes are removed from the Tohono O’odham Nation site, while two saguaro cacti remain standing.
With tribally funded dorms recently constructed at the Santa Rosa Boarding School, located near Sells, Ariz., OFMC funded a demolition project to remove nearly 27,000 square feet of old dormitory space from the K-8 BIE school campus.
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Selected employee quarters at the Blackfeet Dormitory in Montana have been fitted with improved ventilation systems to lower radon gas levels. (Photo: Part of the radon remediation work at the Blackfeet Dorm in Montana took place in this crawl space under a housing unit.)
[Play Video: Pilot Radon testing at St. Stephens Indian School in Wyoming.]
[Play Video: Tour Blackfeet Dorm, including the employee quarters.]
OFMC is the second DOI program to bring its ARRA construction projects to “substantial completion.” (Photo: The Recovery Act funded an OFMC On-the-Job Work Force Training project to improve the Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Okla. The Museum is operated by the DOI Indian Arts and Crafts Board.)
[Play Video: See the improvements at the Southern Plains Indian Museum.]
[Play Video: See improvements at IACB’s Plains Indian Museum in Browning Mont.]
In FY2013, OFMC will fund Minor Improvement & Repair (MI&R) projects to address health/safety and critical system needs at 33 schools it lists as in “poor” condition. (Photo: Hopi Day School in Arizona is among the schools listed in “poor” condition on OFMC’s Facilities Condition Index.)
OFMC’s five-home, solar-powered project now being completed will house Office of Justice Services (OJS) employees at the Ute Mountain Ute Agency in Colorado. (Photo: Insulation is completed in one of OFMC’s five solar-powered, energy efficient homes of Office of Justice Services workers at the Ute Mountain Ute Agency.)
[Play Video: Tour the energy improvements at the Ute Mountain Ute detention center.]
Chemawa Indian School in Oregon and KinLani Bordertown Dormitory in Arizona get security upgrades in line with BIE’s Safe Schools Initiative. (Photo: The Chemawa Indian School campus is 320 acres, but the school is erecting an inner perimeter fence line and guard house with an electronically operated gate to ensure students’ safety.)
[Play Video: See the KinLani gates which allow the dorm’s neighbors access to their community.]
[Play Video: Watch the Winslow Dormitory gate in action.]
The Arizona chapter of the Green Building Council cited Rough Rock Community School’s three LEED awards. Rough Rock won the chapter’s K-12 Schools category. (Photo: Rough Rock dormitory.)
[Play Video: Tour the Rough Rock Community School.]
A test model provided an opportunity to apply a proposed ranking formula in a simulated environment, observe the outcome, and report the findings.
A “test model” for a new school replacement ranking formula has been conducted that applied recommendations from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) School Facilities and Construction Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.
The test model provided an opportunity to apply a proposed ranking formula for ranking new school replacement and renovation projects in a simulated environment, observe the outcome, and report the findings to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs. The test model did not result in a listing of ranked schools, but will allow Indian Affairs to prepare a report on the process and identify any issues or recommendations that resulted from the test.
Chemawa Begins Roofing Effort for Gymnasium and Pool
New gymnasium roof at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon.
A major roofing improvement project at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon began last year with the gymnasium roof, which was stripped down to the sheet metal and then replaced. Roof slopes and channels were rebuilt to force rainwater toward the roof drains. The roof has a 25-year warranty. This year, the school’s pool roof will be replaced.
Zuni Pueblo Law Enforcement Goes Modular
A modular building is moved from Bread Springs Day School to Zuni Pueblo, both in New Mexico. Video: Tour Bread Springs Day School
With a new replacement school constructed at Bread Springs Day School in New Mexico, OFMC moved two modular buildings to nearby Zuni Pueblo to serve as office and dispatch space for Zuni Pueblo Law Enforcement, which had been sharing space with the Pueblo’s Emergency Medical Services. OFMC intends to transfer ownership of the modulars to the tribe.
OFMC Improves Plains Indian Museum Facilities
Remodeled bathrooms enliven the Plains Indian Museum in Browning, Mont. Video: See the improvements at the Museum.
Using Minor Improvement and Repair (MI&R) funds, OFMC contracted with the Blackfeet Tribe through Pub. L. 93-638 to make improvements at the Plains Indian Museum in Browning, Mont. The Museum is operated by DOI’s In- dian Arts and Crafts Board. Bathrooms were remodeled, handicapped accessibility was improved, and energy-efficient windows were installed.