CWC Holds Ceremony For Intertribal Center

 Victoria Fregoso reports, 

 Central Wyoming College's newest building, the Intertribal Education Center was honored with a traditional Native American Ceremony.
The new building has a significant meaning to the tribes and community.

A drum group played, dancers performed and the color guard marched, all in honor of the new Intertribal Education Center at Central Wyoming College.

"With this dedication of the Intertribal Education Center, it talks about the future and hope and optimism. And that is what this is all about, giving an opportunity for people to work together, to improve their lives and to improve the quality of life for all of Wyoming," says Wyoming Senator John Barrasso.

Senator Mike Enzi was also on hand, who played a big role in helping the college receive $1.4 Million in federal grants.

"It matches the dreams that people had. It's a 16,000 square foot building. It has classrooms, it has meeting rooms, it has rooms for the tribal elders, it has rooms for the collections," Enzi said.

Planning for the Intertribal Center began over 10 years ago. And all together, the project cost around $5 Million. But to graduate students of CWC, the Intertribal Center is more than just another building on campus.

"It's a place to rejoice, to bring back culture, language. And at the same time to get a quality education at Central Wyoming College," CWC graduate Ryan Tyler said.

Senator John Barrasso believes the Intertribal Center will encourage more Fremont County Residents to enroll in classes.

"This wonderful center that's being dedicated today, I think will call additional attention to Central Wyoming College and increase its participation and its academic achievements and its reputation," says Barrasso.

It took just over a year to build the center since its ground breaking in August of 2009.