The Health Center provides medical and dental services and health and disease prevention education to Omaha area Native Americans.
According to the Energy Office, this project uses the remaining oil overcharge funds earmarked for Native
American tribes in the state. All the improvements should be completed before next winter’s
heating season when the Center’s heating costs should be substantially reduced.
improvements planned for the Health Center include replacing 57 single-paned
windows with double-paned, low-infiltration, vinyl framed windows and replacing
78 light fixtures with ones utilizing electronic ballasts and fewer fluorescent
tubes, but with improved light output. Most of the windows being replaced
are the original ones in the 1954 portion of the building. Estimated annual
savings for the improvements total $1,771.
Any remaining funds will be used to replace one or more cooling units at
the Center, or make improvements in the Ponca’s tribal building in Lincoln.
The Energy Office’s oil overcharge trust funds are a result of various court
settlements against oil companies that overcharged their customers during
the period of federal price controls from 1973-1981. The courts established
parameters for use of the funds and included restitution to Native American
Previously, the Energy Office provided grants for weatherization of Winnebago
tribal buildings and improvements in Omaha- and Santee Sioux-owned housing.
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