In March, 2012, Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC, Macy, NE) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Santee Student Center. The $1.3 million permanent facility will be located in the northeast part of Santee, across from the Episcopal Church. The new Santee Student Center will feature a single-level, 10,005-square-foot facility, housing four classrooms, a science lab, a computer lab, Santee Public Library, a student lounge, and five offices. The facility is funded by $300,000 from the Shakopee Mdewankton Nation and $1 million through a U.S. Department of Education Title III construction grant.
The groundbreaking ceremony represents a strong commitment toward community development for the Santee Nation and the surrounding communities. “After about 40 years in a tribal building, we will be in a college-owned facility,” states college president, Mike Oltrogge.