Pipe Spring National Monument Superintendant John Hiscock and Tribal Chairman Timothy Rogers of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians have announced that a new storage facility, to be used for museum collections and to hold Paiute cultural artifacts, will be opened on the grounds of Pipe Spring National Monument. A grand opening for the facility will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (Arizona time). The opening celebration will include speakers, tours, and refreshments.
The new storage facility has 4,400 square feet of space, meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements, and includes separate storage rooms for collections owned by the National Park Service and by the Paiute. The building also has office space for National Park Service and tribal curators. Although the Kaibab’s collection of artifacts is fairly small, the Tribe hopes to expand the collection now that a dedicated, state of the art facility is available in which to store items.
The joint Pipe Spring-Kaibab storage project has been in the works since 1999, when it was first proposed. In 2001, the project received funding. Funding for the facility came from the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), which provided $2,006,000. Although the money is from a federal program, it was not raised from income taxes, but from entrance fees throughout the National Park System.
Once it was funded, the facility went through planning, design and construction phases, and the plans had to be coordinated with the organization of the National Park System’s hub collection facilities for all 91 units of the Intermountain Region of the National Park System. It was constructed by contractor Leetex, LLC, of Dallas, Texas, and by many local subcontractors. The project superintendants were TC Engineering, of Kanab, Utah. In 2008, the National Park System and the Kaibab each signed a 25-year occupancy and operational agreement.
“The project has taken many years from its initial proposal to completion of construction,” commented Hiscock, in a statement printed by the Southern Utah News. “But patience pays off, and we are excited the facility is now available to re-house the stored museum collections of the Monument, and to be available to the Tribe for storage of all types of collections, including tribal archives.”