As you approach the White Shield Veterans Center you are visually transported to a symbolic earth lodge nestled on the plains of the Dakotas. Built into an earth mound, lies the 10,533 square foot, 12-sided structure with an outreaching vestibule welcoming visitors into the entrance. The open ceremonial space from the custom terrazzo flooring, up to the expansive insulated skylight system, brings White Shield Tribal members to a place of remembrance, reflection, and celebration. The eight-sided, 186 capacity gathering space is surrounded by climate controlled display cases that hold cultural and military artifacts. The spaces beyond the displays hold offices for Tribal members and organizations that run the programs for the center, a secured Armory for ceremonial weapons, and an insulated flex room with the option to use as a telemed space for potential VA collaboration. The entire facility implements wood structural and design features, including wood acoustical panels – reducing the echo during ceremonies. Large picture walls with images on the North and South side of the gathering space, are representative of those Tribal members who served – and those who sacrificed in the US Armed Forces.
The White Shield Veterans Center provides members and veterans of the Tribal Community with a space for gathering and ceremony. The center is a space to remember and celebrate those that gave so much for their People and Country and to remind future generations of those that served before them.