RED LAKE- The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians said Monday it has purchased property in Minneapolis and plans to build a mixed-use housing development for tribal members in the Twin Cities.

The 37,367 square-foot site is located at the intersection of 17th Avenue South and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, a release from the band said. Officials hope to start construction in 2018.

The location is approximately 200 feet from the Franklin Station of the Blue Line, and situated "at the gateway of the American Indian Cultural Corridor, home to the greatest concentration of urban American Indian people in Minnesota."

The band said about 2,100 Red Lake Band members, plus their descendants, live in the Twin Cities area.

The tentative name for the development will be "Mino-bimaadiziwin," which means "living the good life" in Ojibwe.

A purchase price for the property was not disclosed; the area is referred to as the Amble Hardware site. In the release, the Band said the development will features 115 affordable housing units, as well as retail and leisure amenities, and is "designed to be an economically self-sustaining project that will also help address some of the complex needs in the area."

"Our community has deep and historic ties to the Twin Cities and Mino-bimaadiziwin is an

important opportunity to for us to strengthen and benefit all members of the Red Lake Band,"

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. said in the release.

There is a critical need for affordable housing in the Twin Cities, particularly among the American Indian community, Seki, Sr. said.

"By providing a self-sustaining source of affordable housing for our people, Mino-bimaadiziwin will also generate revenue for the Band that we plan to reinvest on the reservation."

The property site is also close to existing neighborhood resources, including the American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center and the Minneapolis American Indian Center, the Band said.

Mino-bimaadiziwin is a joint effort of the Red Lake Economic Development and Planning

Department and the Red Lake Reservation Housing Authority. Samuel Strong, the Band's director of economic development, will manage the project.

"The Red Lake Band has developed a national reputation as a tribal housing leader, and we

have long sought a way to extend our affordable housing efforts to our members who reside in

Minneapolis," Strong said in the release. "The vision for Mino-bimaadiziwin is the next step in our journey toward creating a self-sustaining, amenity-rich and family-oriented development that will give our people a sense of pride, belonging and security."

"Redevelopment of the Amble Hardware site has been a long-time goal of the Seward

Neighborhood Group. We are excited about the Mino-bimaadiziwin housing development and

support the efforts of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians," Ashley Freitag, co-president of the Seward Neighborhood Group, said in the release.

While initial concepts for the project has been proposed, the next step for the group is securing

financing for the redevelopment, the Band said.

The band has 5,590 enrolled members living on the Red Lake Reservation and another 6,000 members living outside the reservation.

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