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Arikara Cultural Center Grand Opening

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Today, strides were made toward preserving one Native American tribe's history with the grand opening of the Arikara Cultural Center.

While the building was built a few years back, the official grand opening of the Arikara Cultural Center was today in White Shield.

The building is a contemporary version of an earthlodge.

The center will be used for future cultural events, language camps, and other events based on the Arikara heritage.

It's a landmark that the center director says is a highlight of White Shield.

(Dancing Eagle Perkins, Arikara Cultural Center Director)"I think that's something we haven't had in this community is something that we can turn to and say that we're proud of it or this is our ancestors and it's all housed in one place and it's accessible by the community.

The center's mission is not simply to preserve history, but also to maintain it.

The cultural center has worked alongside Thornton Media to develop an Arikara Language App.

The application will be especially helpful to the younger generation.

(Dancing Eagle Perkins, Arikara Cultural Center Director)"The app is designed to kind of allow a platform for modern, the younger children, for them to start being involved in the language."

Currenty the demo is available through the i-tunes store by searching the word "Arikara".

The full version is expected to be available in about a month.

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