Bay Mills Community College Constructs Heritage Library

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Tribal College News

Bay Mills Community College has constructed a three-level log heritage library supplied by local donor Hiawatha Log Homes of Munising. It is one of 29 cultural learning centers planned by the American Indian Higher Education Consoritum (AIHEC). Bay Mills’ multi-use facility provides classroom space, offices, and a new home for Bay Mill’s ever-expanding media and print resources. In addition, the new log building will house the Keene Collection–Native American art and artifacts donated by the late Bill Keene of Detroit.

Bay Mills Community College President Martha McLeod was on the site, drill in hand, during the stacking of the logs. “Bay Mill’s number one priority is to expand our campus to make room for the influx of new students, both on-line and in attendance, who have been enrolling in our programs these past few years. This heritage library not only creates new classroom space, but it frees up our old library for alternative use and creates a beautiful setting to display the Keene collection.” The college is located in Brimley, Mich., on the shores of Lake Superior.

Two tribes, the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, joined forces to offer financial underwriting to the library, which will benefit the diverse communities situated there. Additional support from the Herrick Foundation and the Binda Foundation enabled the college to prepare its new facility for immediate use.

Also celebrating the opening of a new log facility was Sinte Gleska University, which opened the doors to its log cultural center donated by Authentic Log Homes in November. Sinte Gleska President Lionel Bordeaux, Authentic Log Homes President Jim Davis, and National Director Gail Bruce dedicated the new facility.

The Kellogg-funded national initiative has celebrated groundbreaking activities at many other tribal colleges. Cankdeska Cikana College, Crownpoint Institute of Technology, Fort Peck College, College of the Menominee Nation, Institute of American Indian Arts, and Sisseton Wahpeton Community College are among the colleges that began work on their cultural learning centers this past fall. Joining in support of this project are numerous building material donors such as Fabral, Inc., a roofing company out of Lancaster, Penn.; Boise Cascade of Idaho, and Owens-Corning of Ohio. For more information, contact Anne Edinger at (212) 206-6580.

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