BIA May Come Back to Two Rivers Facility
The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs ended its contract with the Two Rivers Detention facility a year ago, but the agency may be returning to Hardin. Officials confirmed that the BIA is holding talks to potentially work out a lease to get the prison going again, according to Jon Matovich, chairman of the Two Rivers Authority Commission.
The BIA recently posted help wanted ads for correctional officers and food service staff at the facility on the federal government’s online job board. It’s a hopeful sign for backers of the prison. The facility’s only large contract came from the BIA in 2014, bringing in as many as 250 Native American inmates.
In October 2015, the BIA ended the contract. Municipal bonds to build the prison have been in default since 2008. On Tuesday, Two Rivers Authority Executive Director Jeffrey McDowell met with federal officials at the prison.