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  Three Tribes Opens New Boys and Girls Club
April 07, 2015    
  The Mandan unit of the Boys and Girls Club opened earlier this week at 1406 Second Ave. St. N.W. The staff from front to back are Shannon Nash, Angie Gillette Lone Bear, Wilber Wilkinson and James Baker.
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A seventh chapter of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tribe of the Boys and Girls Club has opened its doors in Mandan.

Shannon Nash, branch manager for the new unit of the Three Tribes Boys and Girls Club, announced its startup Tuesday to the Mandan City Commission. 

The Mandan program, geared for young people ages 5 to 19, will be the seventh unit chartered through Fort Berthold for the Three Affiliated Tribes, according to Nash. The other six units of the club are located in New Town, Mandaree, the Four Bears area just outside of New Town, Parshall and White Shield.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Three Affiliated Tribes has grown to 1,600 members since it started 13 years ago. Nash arrived in Mandan in January to secure a building, set up the club unit and has signed 89 members. Since then, she has equipped the new club space with ping-pong tables, air hockey, indoor table-sized basketball hoops and Foosball tables.

"We went with the tribal enrollment for families living in Mandan and Bismarck," said Nash of building membership so quickly.

She said the existing program has thrived because it is fun, creative and entertaining."It turns education into fun," said Nash, who added that the original tribal club has evolved into a strong mentoring program.

Some of the former club members who started in kindergarten have returned to volunteer as college students who tutor and advise new youth involved in the program, Nash said.

The club started operating April 1 and an open house is planned at 4 p.m. April 28 at Door 1 of the Teen Challenge Center at 1406 Second St. N.W.

"We want to let the community know who we are and what we plan to do. There's homework, tutoring, prevention programs against alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, cultural programs, education programs -- reading and language programs. A lot of times, it is for at-risk youth," Nash said.

During school hours, the Boys and Girls Club will run from 4 to 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning June 1 for the summer.

The membership is $50 per month, but scholarships are available. The nonprofit club will be funded through tribal support, donations, grants and corporate donations. 

For more information, call 701-421-0567.
Three Affiliated Tribes
404 Frontage Road
New Town, ND 58763