Triplicate staff writer
With the Yurok Tribe moving its headquarters and administrative offices to Klamath, the struggling town will likely get an economic boost.
The large new building, still under construction, is visible from Highway 101 just north of the Klamath bridge.
?It?s going to be a handsome building,? said the tribe?s planning director Peggy O?Neill.
When finished, 100 employees from the current headquarters in Eureka will either move to the area or commute there for their workday, O?Neill said.
She predicted that several of the Eureka employees will move to Klamath and Crescent City and some will stay and commute from Hoopa and McKinleyville.
?It?s going to be the first step in rebuilding Klamath,? O?Neill said.
The purpose of moving the tribe?s administrative headquarters from Eureka to Klamath was to better centralize services to tribe members and to be located on actual tribal land.
O?Neill said the tribe decided about 10 years ago to relocate the building to Klamath and has since been setting aside land for the project.
All of the tribe?s governing services will be located in downtown Klamath in the new 30,000 square foot building. Planning, social services, educational outreach, personnel and general administration offices will be there.
The new complex will look much different than the metal frame it is now, O?Neill said.
Hearty plank siding, a brown metal roof and lots of native plant landscaping will help beautify and blend in to the area, she said.
A replica of a traditional Yurok house will be on display at the building?s entrance. The interior will feature traditional baskets and other historic cultural pieces in glass cases.
O?Neill expects construction to be complete and employees behind desks by September.
Last weekend, the tribal counsel held a dedication and blessing ceremony for the site.
The building is the second very visible addition to Klamath in recent months. The Housing Authority there also recently constructed new homes nearby to house tribal members.