Officials of the Red Lake Nation are putting the final touches on plans for the grand opening of the tribe’s new capitol complex set for Monday, August 17. The 9 am ceremony at the new facility launches a week of celebration as the tribe dedicates the impressive complex, which includes the new government center, Red Lake Nation College, veterans memorial and new pow-wow grounds.
The unique architecture of the complex has earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, according to Red Lake media spokesman Michael Meuers. The twin buildings housing the government center and college are built in the shape of a 48-foot high eagle with outspread wings.
Other highlights of the Monday event include a 10:30 am blessing and drum song at the Veterans Memorial, followed by remarks from Governor Mark Dayton; a noon press conference in the tribal council chambers; a 1:00 pm “mini pow-wow” at the new pow-wow grounds; and afternoon tours of the entire complex.
The observance continues through Thursday with tours of the college and educational presentations on a wide range of subjects from history and culture to mental health and suicide prevention. More information is available on the Facebook page of the Red Lake Nation Tribal Headquarters.