ROCKY BOY -- The Chippewa Cree Tribe marked the opening of its $12.5 million, 54-bed jail and police headquarters near Box Elder with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
The 25,000-square-foot facility will house men, women and juvenile offenders and police headquarters. It is heated and cooled with a geothermal well field.
Chippewa Cree Construction Corp. CEO Tony Belcourt says a sweat lodge eventually will be set up in the outdoor recreation area.
Tribal Chairman Bruce Sun Child says the new jail will allow inmates to serve their time closer to home, giving them more family support.
Police Chief Rick Gardipee says the jail will start housing inmates in a few weeks. The new jail is expected to create about 28 jobs.
The jail was built mostly with federal stimulus money.