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Federal grant approved for tribal veterans cemetery in northern Minnesota

CASS LAKE, Minn. -- A $3.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to build a veterans cemetery in Cass Lake in northern Minnesota.

The grant will fund the construction of a main entrance, a combined administration and maintenance facility, roads, an assembly area, a committal shelter, 419 casketed sites, 32 cremains gravesites, 64 columbarium niches, a memorial wall, a memorial walk, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure.  

The project will develop about three acres, and serve 2,959 tribal veterans and their families.

The closest current national cemetery is Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis,, 224 miles away.  The closest state cemetery is Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, 105 miles away.

Since 1980,  the Veterans Administration’s Veterans Cemetery Grants Program has awarded grants totaling more than $714 million to establish, expand, improve, operate and maintain 107 veterans cemeteries in 47 states and territories. There are currently 135 national cemeteries.

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