Kootenai Tribe breaks ground on travel center

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 22, for the Sturgeon Station Travel Center. Pictured, from left, are Angela Cooper, Kym Cooper, Dennis Weed, Desire Aitken, Clara Dunnington, Velma Bahe, Dianne David, Gary Aitken Jr, and Xavier Boychief. Dennis Weed is the project manager, and the rest are members of Tribal Council.
(Photo courtesy RENAE COOPER)

The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22 for the Sturgeon Station Travel Center.

More than 100 members of the tribal community and staff were in attendance. Words of prayer and blessings were shared, and several speeches were made by those instrumental in moving this project forward, Tribe officials said in a press release.

Construction on Sturgeon Station is set to begin the first week of July.

“KTOI is excited to bring the new business to Boundary County and looking forward to opening in 2023,” Tribe officials said.

The project is the first phase of an economic development project on the 3-Mile portion of the Kootenai Indian Reservation. The site is located in Ktunaxa Territory along Highway 95 and just west of the Boundary County Airport.
The first phase of economic development project consists of an 8,660-square-foot travel center with gas and diesel fueling stations, truck parking and convenience store.Tribe officials previously announced that Sonic restaurant will be part of the travel center. Sonic officials and the Tribe have worked closely to bring Sonic’s commitment to quality and service to the area.Kootenai Tribe of Idaho officials said previously […]

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