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Perry Bolin
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Perry’s experience in Indian Country dates back 20 years.

Perry was Executive Director of the Earthstar Project, Inc. a Native American Nonprofit Organization to providing housing for Elders with supportive services.  He secured $3.5 Million in funding and developed the Elders Lodge  in St. Paul (3-story, 43 Apartments HUD Section 202 of Elderly Housing) for urban, low-income, American Indian Elders.  I am presently supervising renovations to the Elders Lodge.

Perry’s Community Service in Indian Country 

  • American Indian Housing Task Force (St. Paul MN): Participated with HUD, MHFA & American Indian Policy & Research to define housing needs of St. Paul Indian families (to address homelessness).
  • American Indians in Unity (St. Paul MN): Served on a Housing Task Force with Indian Community Members and helped to plan and build American Indian Housing in St. Paul.
  • American Indian Family Center (St. Paul, MN): Served on the Board of Directors
  • Served on the Owner’s Representative Management Team for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for Master Planning and Multi-phased Construction of the  $26.5 Million Northern Lights Casino and Resort Hotel & Event / Conference Center (Walker, MN).

Served as a Member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Corporate Commission for Economic Development (Cass Lake, MN).

  • Participated in American Indian Housing Conferences sponsored by HUD and State Housing Finance Agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin and Inter Tribal Economic Development Conferences in Northern Minnesota
  • Received a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Building Innovation in Home Ownership Award for Design of 5 homes, including one ADA accessible home, for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity / Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) Partnership, Minneapolis.

Perry provided Design Services for:

  • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe Reservation (Hayward, WI): Feasibility Study for:  1) Renovation of and Addition for Administration Building, Judicial Center and Headstart Childcare Program  2) Funeral Home Design for a private funeral operator.
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation (Cloquet, MN): Design of  an A-Frame Residence for a private home owner.
  • Black Bear Crossings Community Center – Coffee House & Gift Shop, St. Paul, MN (original location for Owner David Glass).
  • American Indian Family Community Center & Clinic (St. Paul, MN): Elevator Accessibility Addition.
  • Peta Wakan Tipi’s Mother Earth Lodge (St. Paul, MN): Provided design for remodeling of Indian Women’s Transitional Housing.
Sam Olbekson
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The Cunningham Group provides Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and Planning Services.

DSGW Architects, Inc
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At DSGW Architects, we believe architecture is a means to the solution, not a solution itself. Our focus is on listening, to understand what the community needs to accomplish. Only then can we create ideas that will reflect, enhance and endure within a community.

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Our work is focused on the enrichment of communities through architecture.

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DSGW is a Minnesota firm with offices in Duluth, Virginia, Grand Rapids and Lake Elmo. Since 1938,DSGW has attracted clients who are active in their communities and want to play a proactive role in determining what is built within them.

We apply both classic and contemporary techniques to develop cities, buildings and interior spaces that exceed client expectations. Whether working with local leaders to pass referendums or responding to a health care provider’s requirements of a thoughtful design approach for a healing environment, DSGW listens to client expectations.

Our clients’ dreams and aspirations help us to deliver enduring buildings that bring communities together.

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As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), DSGW Architects is committed to sustainable, energy efficient, environmentally minded design.