Tribal members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Onigum Community Center on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Shingobee provided construction of the new community center, located in the Onigum community near Walker, MN, in the southern section of the Leech Lake Reservation.



The new facility, designed by DSGW Architects, provides for a spacious gymnasium, locker rooms, full commercial kitchen, two community rooms, elders room, library, exercise room, small clinic, and a learning center, which will be utilized for a distance learning program. The 18,300 square foot building is designed for a 75+ year lifespan and will have lower energy costs because of its construction with insulated concrete form walls and other energy efficient features.



The opening ceremonies for the Onigum Community Center, attended by dozens of community members, included a ribbon cutting at the building’s entrance and addresses by tribal leaders.



Shingobee Project Manager Scott Fowler presented a donation to Leech Lake Band Chairman Faron Jackson, Sr., for sponsorship of the 2018 Kids Perch Jerk to be held on March 3. This event is a family fishing tournament that focuses on area youth, with games, prizes, and bike giveaways.



The opening ceremonies were followed by a Grand Entry for the Powwow.



More details and photos of the Onigum Community Center Grand Opening are available here:


In addition to the Onigum Community Center, Shingobee has constructed several other facilities for the Leech Lake Band: the Tribal Justice Center, completed in 2016; a community center in Inger, MN; and a Leech Lake Tribal College building. View more of Shingobee’s Tribal construction projects here.