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Wyandotte Nation breaks ground on new community center

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The Wyandotte Nation broke ground on a $1.2 million community center on Friday.

Wyandotte Nation Chief Billy Friend says the project has been in the work for two years and that funding comes from an $800,000 federal grant with the Nation paying the rest.

Willa Honea lives in the Wyandotte Nation's senior housing neighborhood with her elderly mother. She says can't wait for a community center to be built in her back yard.

"I think it's wonderful, it's been needed for a long time, casino is not what the Indian tribes are about," says Honea.

Chief Friend says the groundbreaking symbolizes an investment into the community aiming to make it a better place for all.

"The Wyandotte Nation, we've always been very diverse, gaming is just a very small piece of what we do, and of course gaming and all of our other economic endeavors over the years they only serve the purpose to put money back into the community," says Chief Friend.

It's not just the 500 or so area tribal members that will benefit from this community center.  The Wyandotte Nation says it will be open to the entire community.

"When we build a project we always build it with the community in mind," says Chief Friend.  "Wyandotte is a very close knit community.  We've always supported the town of Wyandotte, the schools of Wyandotte."

The center will host a variety for amenities from pool and ping pong tables, to gaming systems, kitchens and even a computer lab.

Honea says she looks forward to hanging out with the community - young and old.

"I'm really excited about the game section, a place for people to congregate, because we all need that and also the fact that it'll have a safe room," says Honea.

The Wyandotte Nation says it plans of starting the building process early next week and the state of the art facility will be completed around January.

Chief Friend says it's not the only project on the horizon.  The Nation is also discussing the addition of a splash-pad in the near future.

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