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Quapaw Tribe Builds $2 Million Multipurpose Facility Along Main Street

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QUAPAW, OKLAHOMA -

The Quapaw Tribe begins moving in to its new $2 million multipurpose facility along Main Street.

Three new buildings totaling about 43,000 square feet are just about complete. They'll house several tribal departments such as environmental and realty offices, Quapaw Services, a food pantry, and an expanded beef processing and distribution center for the Quapaw Cattle Company. The property where the former Burgraff Tire shop was located, was bought by the Quapaw Tribe just before the Quapaw tornado hit in April of 2014, taking out thousands of dollars of construction equipment.

Quapaw Construction Director Chris Roper says "The tornado wiped out all the buildings that were here. We lost a total of about seven buildings right here in this location. So it's the intent to rebuild and bring back the jobs into the town.”

About fifty employees will be located in the new buildings and are moving into their offices now. The facility is made out of steel and concrete to withstand future storms, and includes a storm shelter.

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