Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center doors to open

The Joplin Globe, November 9, 2018

“A multimillion-dollar cultural center that’s been years in the making has become a reality for the Shawnee Tribe, which plans a grand opening today.

Tribal officials described the moment as “a dream come true.”

“The Shawnee Tribe has worked for years to create a place where we can tell our own story,” Ben Barnes, Shawnee Tribe second chief, said in a statement. “Through hands-on exhibits and programs, we aim to our honor tribal heritage and encourage visitors to the area to learn more about Native American history and ways of life.”

The estimated $2 million Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center officially opens to the public at 10 a.m. today at 19 N. Eight Tribes Trail in Miami. Located behind the Oklahoma Welcome Center, the center is about 6,000 square feet and features a round fire pit near the entrance to resemble ceremonial grounds.

The building’s architecture resembles a longhouse structure, a traditional home built by Native Americans, according to Marnie Leist, Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center director.”

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