A proposal by the University of Minnesota-Duluth to build a new American Indian Learning Resource Center in Duluth has the support of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee, which will help raise $1.1 million for the $11 million project, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
The new home for the resource center is part of UMD’s bonding bill proposal for the 2012 Legislature, the paper said. University officials will ask legislators to approve a $7.35 million state payment for the building, with UMD picking up the rest, with the tribe’s help.
The paper said the existing resource center “has provided support to American Indian and Alaskan Native students since 1983. This year there are about 125 American Indian and Alaskan Native students at UMD and an even greater number of non-Indians take American Indian classes there.”
The proposed new 23,000-square-foot-plus building, the story said, would:
bring more than 20 student programs to one location. The center would be built along Kirby Drive near the M.W. Alworth Planetarium and would include classrooms, a computer lab, room for campus events, support offices for faculty and students and space for the Mishoomis Collection Library. In addition, more than 1,000 American Indian artifacts now at the UMD’s Tweed Museum of Art would be housed at the center.