PRAIRIE ISLAND INDIAN COMMUNITY AND EBENEZER MANAGEMENT SERVICES ANNOUNCE OPENING OF TINTA WITA TIPI SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY IN WELCH, MINNESOTA
First such senior living community in the state incorporates culture into care for aging community members in the region
Welch, Minn. (August 1, 2018) The Prairie Island Indian Community, a federally recognized Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe, is pleased to announce the opening of Tinta Wita Tipi – a new elder assisted living lodge in Welch, designed to bring together aging residents in the surrounding community. The facility is the first of its kind in Minnesota as it specifically caters to both the cultural and health needs of seniors by encouraging family involvement and placing an increased importance on the honor, care and respect that is traditionally shown to elders in the Dakota culture. Tinta Wita Tipi officially opened its doors in June 2018 and is managed by Ebenezer Management Services, one of the largest residential management companies in Minnesota.
“We’re thrilled to see this project come to fruition and to welcome both native and non-native elder residents from the area,” said Tribal Council President Shelley Buck. “In Dakota culture we celebrate our elders and this facility allows aging community members to receive the care and respect they deserve while also addressing their healthcare needs.”
Tinta Wita Tipi is a single-story, 38,000-square-foot building located on 18 acres of tribal land near Highways 61 and 316 in the Welch Township and less than 10 miles from Prairie Island. The senior living community offers 20 one-bedroom assisted living apartments in a comfortable setting. Ten of the 20 apartments are open to non-native residents from the surrounding community.
“We meticulously worked with tribal leaders to create this senior living community, as well as the customized care provided within, to honor and celebrate the Dakota culture,” said Susan Farr, Ebenezer Vice President of New Business Development. “We are dedicated to providing an innovative, comfortable and compassionate environment for our Native American Elders and the surrounding community.”
Community amenities include:
• Superior residences – Full-sized kitchens with stainless steel appliances, in-home washers/dryers, private patios and
• Community feel – Serene courtyard garden with a covered porch and patio, community room, dining area, inviting entry
plaza, lobby and lounges.
• Daily activity programming – Full-time activities staff will lead exercise, crafts, celebrations, happy hour, fine
arts, and weekly off-site excursions including casino trips. Some activities will incorporate the Dakota culture.
• Healthcare peace of mind – Round-the-clock staffing by healthcare professionals, health monitoring and individually
tailored health and personal care.
• Artful design – Natural materials, including limestone, are used to provide calm, clean and welcoming elements that
draw from the surrounding landscape.
• Chef prepared meals – Made from scratch cooking using fresh local ingredients.
RSP Architects was the architect for Tinta Wita Tipi and Knutson Construction completed construction on the building.
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About the Prairie Island Indian Community
The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) is a sovereign nation located on the Prairie Island Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The Mdewakanton, “those who were born of the waters,” have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in Southeastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermilion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for their people. The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Mount Frontenac Golf Course, Dakota Station and Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Treasure Island’s luxurious hotel became the second largest hotel in Minnesota in December 2017 with 788 guest rooms and suites. The Prairie Island Indian Community is proud to be Goodhue County’s largest employer and an important contributor to Minnesota’s economy. For more information visit prairieisland.org.
About Ebenezer Management Services
Ebenezer Management Services is Minnesota’s largest residential management company in Minnesota that specializes in senior housing. Part of Fairview Health System, Ebenezer Management Services develops, consults and provides management services to more than 85 senior communities.