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Band Office Officially Opened By McIsaac

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JANUARY 1976      v05 n01 p12  
Sweetgrass - A new addition to the existing band office, which was constructed recently, was officially opened by Dr. J. Cliff McIsaac (Lib., Battleford - Kindersley).

Recognition was given by Dr. McIsaac cutting a ribbon to officially open a new band office on Sweetgrass Indian Reserve, situated about 20 miles west of North Battleford.

The new structure which houses administration offices and a board room was built and designed by Jim Swindler, construction manager, a band member of the Sweetgrass Indian Reserve.  Sweetgrass Indian Reserve, administrating its own programs, looks after the welfare of about 560 residents. In officially opening the new band office addition, Dr. McIsaac gave greetings from the federal government and commended the band council under the leadership of Chief Steve Pooyak for its progress in dealing with the Indian people at the grass root level.

Mr. McIsaac also gave congratulations to Mr. Swindler for his fine architectural abilities, calling the band office one of the finest.

Alex Pinter, District Manager in North Battleford, represented the federal department and congratulated the band and its band council for its ambitious undertaking in the initial decision to construct a new band office. Also in attendance was Joe Scout, District Community, Manager with the Department of Indian Affairs in North Battleford.

Chief Pooyak expressed his appreciation to the district Department of Indian Affairs for its assistance and also expressed his pleasure at having Dr. McIaac in attending the opening, which was held indoors due to cold weather, which was braved by some residents of the reserve.

Addition to the Band Office.
ADDITION TO BAND OFFICE
Dr. J. Cliff McIsaac officially opens the new addition to the existing band office. Also present was Chief Steve Pooyak of Sweetgrass.