The groundbreaking event on June 1 featured a tribal prayer ceremony, including a drum circle and Eagle walk

The groundbreaking event featured a tribal prayer ceremony, including a drum circle and eagle walk

At Fairview, we work to meet the unique health and cultural needs of the many diverse populations we serve. With that goal in mind, we’re partnering with the Prairie Island Indian Community to offer a unique care option to the tribe’s elders, right on tribal lands.

The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe, recently broke ground on an elder assisted living center that will serve members of the tribal community.

Ebenezer Management Services, which specializes in senior housing and care, has been chosen to operate and staff the elder center.

“As the largest senior housing operator in Minnesota, Ebenezer Management Services is proud to partner with the Prairie Island Community on this exciting project,” says Jon Lundberg, chief operating officer of Ebenezer, which is part of Fairview Health Services. “This new assisted living center represents an impressive commitment from the Prairie Island Community to serve seniors, and we are happy to work with them to achieve this goal.”

Ebenezer will work in collaboration with tribal leaders to customize care and meet the specific health needs of the Prairie Island Indian Community’s seniors.

The 38,000 square foot single story community is being built on 18 acres of tribal land located in Welch, Minn. The design and operation of the facility will focus on incorporating Dakota culture and community into the assisted living setting.

This project will enable the Prairie Island Indian Community to serve its Dakota elders with honor, care and respect while encouraging family and community involvement.

“The elders’ assisted living facility will allow for those who have raised us, taught us and made us into what we are today to continue living their lives comfortably and safely within our own community,” says Shelley Buck, president of the Tribal Council.

Construction is scheduled to begin June 2017 with completion scheduled for fall 2017. We look forward to providing Prairie Island Indian Community seniors with top-quality, patient-focused care.