U.S. Senator Tina Smith announced she helped secure $8.6 million for Minnesota Tribal Nations and communities in the Twin Cities metro.
According to a release, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will receive $850,000 to renovate the Ahnji-be-Mah-Diz Recovery Center, or ARC, to meet the community’s substance recovery and counseling needs.
The federal funding is designated for expanding healthcare access and upgrading healthcare facilities, protecting the environment and reducing carbon emissions, and addressing housing needs.
“This funding will help address significant facility deficiencies to the Recovery Center, including a new roof, windows, doors, and enhanced security,” said Faron Jackson, Sr., Chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
“Ahnji-Be-Mah-Diz, which translates to ‘change your way of life’ in our language, has been an aspiration for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for many years. The Center provides inpatient treatment on the Leech Lake Reservation for our relatives who struggle with substance use disorders. It provides our loved ones an opportunity to heal at home and gives them with a chance to save their life and create a better one to live.”