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Posted on: April 8, 2013

[ARCHIVED] East Central Street Bridge Dedication Ceremony to be held

(Miami, OK) – The City of Miami is excited to announce a special dedication ceremony to honor the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma for their contribution to the East Central Street Bridge Project. This event will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 near Rotary Centennial Park located at 103 M Street S.E. in Miami. The city will be joined by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami Public Schools and the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce in honoring the Ottawa Tribe and Chief Ethel Cook. “We are very grateful to Chief Cook and the Ottawa Tribe for their contribution and efforts toward this project”, stated Miami Mayor Kent Ketcher.
The Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, acting with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), recently obtained a $1 Million dollar grant to help replace the East Central Street Bridge over Tar Creek. These funds, which originate from the Indian Reservation Road Bridge Program (IRRBP), enabled the Tribe, City, and Oklahoma Department of Transportation to cooperatively work together in facilitating the bridge replacement.

The bridge was recently opened to the community and has reconnected many important areas of the city. “The new Central Street bridge is a great addition to our community and very much helps the school district and the college. I am very grateful that Chief Cook and the Ottawa Tribe took the time and effort to help secure the grant funds that were need to complete the project. We are fortunate to be in a community where strong partnerships continue to make positive things happen for the citizens of Miami” said Dr. Jeff Hale, President of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.

The Dedication Ceremony will include special presentations to the Ottawa Tribe, Chief Ethel Cook and the City of Miami. A tribal ground blessing ceremony will be conducted by Kevin Dawes. The Special Dedication ceremony will conclude with a reception in NEO’s Kah-Ne-You-Ah Hall.

For more information about this event, please contact the Department of Communication for the City of Miami at 918-542-6685.

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