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January 2013

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A Riverside Indian School student considers the architect’s rendering of the school’s new Academic Building, now under construction just beyond this sign.

Riverside Campus Gets a Makeover

The focal point of the Riverside Indian School campus is shifting as new buildings are constructed to replace the old.

Video: Riverside Student Council President Michelle Torres anticipates her speech.

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At Cibecue Community School in Arizona, a plastic dog house is used to shelter an electric water pump from the elements.

Improving Indian Affairs’ Water Systems

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.

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One of two saguaro cacti that were present when the Santa Rosa dormitory buildings were demolished remains standing.

Santa Rosa Boarding School Dorms Demolished, But Saguaros Survive

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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Blackfeet Quarters Get Radon Mitigation

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.]

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OFMC Leads ARRA Performers

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.]

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OFMC Focuses MI&R on Schools in “Poor” Condition

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.)

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OJS Quarters Projects Feature Solar Energy

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.]

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Fencing is Key to Safe Schools

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.]

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Rough Rock Community School Recognized by Arizona’s Green Building Council

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.]