The Wyandotte Nation held a grand opening ceremony for its new $1.2 million Community Center Monday, April 14.
Chief Billy Friend opened the ceremony by addressing the crowd and followed with a traditional smoking ceremony at the Heritage Acres Community Center, located at 14325 Porcupine Rd. in Wyandotte, Okla.
“The Community Center is a great addition for the community here in the Wyandotte Nation. It is our hope it can become a hub of social activities for not only those who live here within the Wyandotte Nation’s local community but even for those outside the community,” Chief Friend said.
The Community Center features an activity center, senior center, kitchen and a saferoom that will provide a place for the community to go in adverse weather conditions.
“The idea is to bring the community together to have a place for activities, a place where young and old both can come and enjoy — whether it is working in the computer lab, playing a game of pool or ping pong or in the case of a storm, to be able to find a place of refuge and shelter in the saferoom,” Chief Friend said.
“It’s a place we hope the young people can sit down with our elders and our elders have an opportunity to pass their wisdom down to our young people and that our young people will learn respect for our elder generation.”
Chief Friend said the Community Center is just another step in the Tribe’s ongoing process of building and improving the community.
“We set a goal several years ago — a goal of community building,” Chief Friend said. “We sat down and looked at ways to do community building. Of course, having quality housing, quality education, quality healthcare, producing jobs – these are all vital pieces of building a community. This community center is another piece in the puzzle to bring this to fruition.
“It’s a great day in the Wyandotte Nation and a great day to be Wyandotte. We are very proud of this facility.”
In addition to the Community Center, the Wyandotte Nation is also in the process of building a Splash Pad for the community and a Culture Center.
The Wyandotte Nation Housing Department has also moved its offices into the new community center.
The Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police Department, which also serves as the municipal police department in Wyandotte, moved into the housing department’s previous office space at 64600 E. 145 Road along with the Tribal Court.
TO see video from the Community Center opening, click here.