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Four Bears Casino and Lodge

The Four Bears Casino and Lodge was opened to the public on July 16, 1993. Located in the Four Bears community four miles west of New Town, North Dakota, the facility was constructed on the site of the original Four Bears Lodge, built in 1972. The facility offers a 96-room motel, a full service restaurant, a gift shop, and a high stakes gaming facility, including bingo.

The Three Affiliated Tribes operates and maintains the gaming facility. The Casino and Lodge employ more than 322 individuals, and about 79 percent of those are tribal members.

Four Bears Convenience Store and Gas Station

A 24-hour convenience store and gas station was opened in 1993. This facility, placed next to the Casino and Lodge, provides a convenient stop for tourists and visitors to the area.

Four Bears Recreation Park

The Four Bears Recreation Park is located on the shoreline of Lake Sakakawea and adjacent to the Four Bears Lodge and Casino. The Park features 85 sites, twenty-five of which are full-service featuring electrical hookups, water, sewer facilities, laundry and shower facilities, and twenty-four primitive sites. Future development is planned.

The Three Affiliated Tribes Museum

The Three Affiliated Tribes Museum was built in 1964 with funds from the Economic Development Administration, the Tribe, and funds from a trust fund established by an Arikara tribal member, Helen Gough of White Shield. A board of directors governs the museum and is responsible for maintaining the museum’s collections and exhibits. The museum is open from April through November.

Fort Berthold Community College

The Fort Berthold Community College was established in New Town in 1973, and chartered in 1974. A seven-member board of directors oversees the operation of the college. From 1973 to 1992 the college existed in makeshift facilities. A modern centralized facility was built in New Town in 1992 offering administrative offices, classrooms, vocational and technical labs, a lecture room, and a student union. Classrooms and a library were added later. In 1997, new classrooms, a science lab, and an expanded parking lot were added.

Fort Berthold Community College
Fort Berthold Community College was established in 1973. This new
building for the college was constructed at New Town in 1992.

Fort Berthold Community College, by nature of its charter, serves the community. Satellite sites have been established in the communities of Twin Buttes, Mandaree, and White Shield. Enrollment averages 270 students per semester, 80 percent of whom are Native American. Land Grant Institution *status was granted in 1984. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges granted the college accreditation in February of 1988. In 1996, the college was accredited for an additional ten years. Fort Berthold Community College is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a consortium of 46 Indian-controlled community colleges located across the United States. (TAT OIEP Report, 1996)

Dialysis Center

The Three Affiliated Tribes Dialysis Center, located in the Four Bears Community, offers medical care for dialysis patients throughout the reservation. Patients are transported for treatment. This facility is the first of this kind to receive federal funding to develop medical care focused on unique health needs and care for diabetic patients. This is the first facility of its kind to receive state and federal funds and is developed as a state licensed diabetic. Prior to this time, patients had to be transported several hours to major cities for treatment.

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