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Manitouk Cultural & Research Institute. MCRI’s Future Looking Heritage & Research Institute Project. MCRI.

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manitouk cultural research institute

Manitouk Cultural & Research Institute

MCRI’s Future Looking

Heritage & Research Institute

Project

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MCRI
  • MCRI is a non-profit located on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Reservation whose primary emphasis is on maintaining the historical and unique cultural heritage of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
  •  MCRI is an IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
  • The BOD is comprised of 7-tribal members of the TMBCI.
  • Currently there is no historical, cultural, artist center in the community of Belcourt, ND the HUB of the reservation.
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Manitouk Cultural & Research Institute
  • The MCRI’s present site is not functional nor in alignment with the mission and goals for it’s organization.
  • The MCRI’s present location is in a storage facility with severe spatial limitations and little aesthetic appeal for display of the unique artifacts, artwork and documents presently housed at this facility. Limited space for visitors to walk through is another challenge.
  • Leasing the present facility for MCRI’s organization is costly and is not deemed profitable.
mcri s present location
MCRI’s Present Location
  • Present building is approximately 30 x 30 on the exterior and is in run-down condition.
  • Floor space is approximately 900 square feet.
  • Location has 2-5 car parking only with parking area unpaved and full of potholes.
  • Location is off the main road but extremely inaccessible due to no front road access.
  • Part-time employee has no office space.
  • Bathroom facility is one unit and very outdated.
mcri s strategic plan
MCRI’s Strategic Plan

Business Plan

Master Building Plan

  • Executive Summary
  • Mission Statement
  • Business Structure
  • Management Team
  • History
  • Market Research
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Description of Prod/Services
  • Operations Plan
  • Financial Plan
  • Attachments
  • Phase I – Exhibit Hall
  • Phase II – Interpretive Cent.
  • Phase III – Artist in Residence

Studio

  • Phase IV – Music, Video &

Historical

Recording Studio

presley lafountain turtle mountain chippewa sculpturer
Presley LaFountain, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Sculpturer

Well-known artist wants to pass along his talent and skills to our new generation members through a mentoring process – hands-on and via satellite access.

louise erdrich
Louise Erdrich

Well-known Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Author

frequently visits to conduct annual writing workshop. Known for her story-telling, Erdrich has many works to her credit and with wide, popular appeal to young and old.

ryan keplin turtle mountain chippewa fiddler
Ryan Keplin, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Fiddler

Ryan Keplin is a left-handed fiddler, aka - The Fiddlin Lefty” plays instruments such as: Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar and last, but not least, Drums.

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CHARLIE WHITE WEASEL, American Indian Tribal Historian is the recipient of the National Iron Eyes Cody Peace Medal Award given in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in the Preservation of American Indian History and Culture. White Weasel is a lifetime member of the Turtle Mountain Historical Society now MCRI, Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe of North Central North Dakota.

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“Our Future lies within our new generation members whose lives are intrinsically woven to their past…rich in a cultural heritage of history, language, music, art, customs and dance with hand-made beaded regalia. These are the people of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa.”
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Manitouk Cultural Research Institute’s original design has now changed to incorporate all Phase IV Plans

Changes made include the name from MCRI to Manitouk Cultural Research Institute (MCRI). Additional changes have occurred with the new Board members, under a new Board Chair. DSG Architects, Minneapolis, MN have been selected for the Phase IV blue prints and designs.

tmbci s usda application submission
TMBCI’s USDA Application Submission
  • TMBCI Resolutions:
  • Original- March 8, 2004 with 7.08 acres (near Skydancer) given to the Heritage Center.
  • New – November 2011 approving land, USDA application and financing of project.
  • USDA Checklist
  • Attorney’s Opinion
  • SF424 Application, Budget, Assurances, Map of Project Service Area, MCRI Board info.
  • Feasibility Report
  • Environmental – Soils Analysis (Kade Ferris)
proposed project costs
Proposed Project Costs
  • Total Project Cost $1,956,689.00
  • USDA-RD Grant $500,000.00
  • USDA – RD Direct Loan $1,163,186.00
  • Reimbursement from TMBCI gas tax allocation, by resolution in amount of $7,500 to offset repayment amount of $4,269/per month.
  • P2P share has provided $700,000 with $190,000 real estate grounds preparation work.
  • Additional monies to be secured by LG Consultants with federal grants & via MCRI’s fundraising activities.
dsg architects
DSG Architects
  • A Minneapolis-based architectural business, DSG has worked with TMBCI on many projects, including project plan for Skydancer Hotel & Casino expansion.
  • Mike Laverdure, TMBCI enrolled member is DSG contact.
  • DSG has committed to Phase IV implementation plan of the new MCRI facility with ground breaking scheduled for June of 2011.
phase i ii implementation activities
Phase I & II Implementation Activities
  • Soil Analysis completed
  • Feasibility completed
  • Klaus Report indicates Feasibility for market location.
  • USDA completed & submitted
  • Final architectural designs impending
  • National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) $6,000 grant to be submitted by TMBCI for preservation expert consultation & report for preservation activities.
l g contractual commitment
L G Contractual Commitment
  • NEH organizational grant to be submitted once initial preservation report is completed, which identifies critical steps for understanding the preservation process, capacity and equipment necessary for proper, climate-controlled storage. Additionally, the purchase of digitization equipment needed for converting all MCRI documents & artifacts into digital archives.
  • Additional NEH grant funds can help design organizational structure and implementation of MRCI’s educational and research resources.
mcri s fundraising efforts
MCRI’s Fundraising Efforts
  • In-house promotion with internal membership & dues
  • Artist’s fees/sales
  • Recording Studio fees/sales
  • Artist’s Support
  • Educational Fees
  • Tourism
  • TMBCI gas tax (secured)
  • P2P Investment (secured)
mcri s management plan
MCRI’s Management Plan
  • MCRI will utilize Project Director to manage MCRI’s daily activities.
  • Part-time Volunteers paid by stipends.
  • MCRI will utilize Senior training program.
  • MCRI will hire Language Expert for implementing language program.
  • Open daily M-S 10-6 and Sunday hours 12 noon-4.
  • Fee charges per individuals and groups.
  • All building & landscaping concerns addressed by TMBCI in conjunction with MCRI board initializing.
mcri s activities
MCRI’s Activities
  • Tourism
  • Research & Education
  • Artist-in-Residence Studio
  • Recording Studio
  • Mentoring Artists via IVN for educational purposes.
  • Exhibit of artists works
  • Sales of artists works
  • Nature Walk
  • Language Instruction
  • Sharing of heritage artifacts & documents
  • Amphitheatre & Activities
  • Community Arts Center & sharing.
mcri board
MCRI Board
  • Chairperson: Terri Martin Parisien
  • District 1 – Darrel Charette
  • District 2 – Arla Gourneau
  • District 3 – Les Thomas
  • District 4 – Bill Morin
  • MCRI will govern all activities of the MCRI, with the exception of the actual building and site that are under the governing body of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and by executive decision of the TMBCI Tribal Government.