The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) is in talks with the Friends of American Ski Jumping organisation regarding their plans to build an Olympic-style ski jump.
The ski jump will be built on the Community’s Mount Frontenac near Red Wing.
$1.2 million has been raised for the project and another $1 million is in pledges. The money comes from private investors. It is estimated to be a $6 million year-around ski jump training and competition facility.
Prairie Island Indian Community is a Mdewakanton Sioux Indian reservation in Goodhue County, Minnesota, along the Mississippi River.
Shelley Buck, president of the PIIC Tribal Council, told The Circle News: “We are excited to see the project moving forward and are encouraged by the growing interest and support.”
“Gaming has been a successful economic development tool for our tribe and many other Native communities; it’s helped us become self-sufficient and allowed us to share our success with our neighbor. But we don’t want to bet our future on gaming alone.”
“This project would add exciting elements to what we’ve already created and drive even more visits and positive impact to the region.”
Estimates suggest that as many as 100,000 people could visit the site annually.