2013 Case Studies

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Port Gamble S’Kallalem Nation | Teekalet Village
The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal (PGST) Housing Authority designed and built the Teekalet Village at a key location adjacent to historic salmon fishing grounds on the Puget Sound. Site features include a community building, a playground, and connections to walking/hiking trails. This housing was built to replace asbestos-contaminated houses on the same site.

Devine Legacy | Native American Connections
Devine Legacy is a mixed-income, transit-oriented development along the north-south light-rail line of central Phoenix. Developed by Native American Connections, a nonprofit corporation to serve the urban Indian population of Phoenix, it contains seven different unit types, including townhomes, lofts, and flats, with no differentiation between the 90 percent affordable and 10 percent market-rate units.
Penobscot Indian Nation | Penobscot Leed Homes
Through collaboration with local lenders and the U.S. government, tribal member home ownership is on the rise. The Penobscot Indian Nation Housing Authority (PINHA) built 12 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold single family homes. The project has helped bring young, low-income families back to the community, reuniting them with a strong cultural and traditional heritage.

Kumuhau Subdivision | Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
The Kumuhau Subdivision provided ecofriendly and climate-responsive home ownership opportunities to 45 Native Hawaiian families in Waimanalo, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. After developing the site, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) competitively selcted Armstrong Development to design and build the project.
Passamaquoddy Tribe |Kikunol Housing
The Kikunol housing project is located in Pleasant Point at the northeastern tip of the United States. The Passamaquoddy people have inhabited this historic area for thousands of years. In the form of a semi-circle, the site plan references traditional gathering protocols. The 17 multifamily homes were designed to blend with a wooded landscape and to honor symbols and shapes that are part of the Passamaquoddy heritage.
CouerD’alene Tribe | The Gathering Place
This 18-unit multifamily housing project was constructed using environmentally friendly natural building techniques. These straw bale buildings were designed in collaboration with the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Housing Authority (CDATHA) and tribal members, with initial research and engagement by the University of Idaho’s Bioregional Planning & Community Design Program.
Navajo Nation | Nageezi House
The Nageezi House is a sustainable and affordable design/build project of the Arizona State University (ASU) Stardust Center. It was the first home to be built using Navajo FlexCrete, a subsidiary of the Navajo Housing Authority. The home was designed and built with a Navajo elder family in Nageezi, NM with a team of professionals and students from ASU’s department of Architecture. The project was a collaboration with the Navajo Housing Authority.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation |Pinoleville Pomo Nation Homes
In collaboration with Pinoleville Pomo Nation (PPN), the Community Assessment of Renewable Energy & Sustainability (CARES) and the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture at the University of California Berkeley (UCB) created ambitious, culturally inspired, efficient model homes featuring natural materials and integrated renewable energy systems.
Mescalero Apache Tribe | I-Sah’-Din’-Dii, Phase I
The I Sah’ Din’ Dii Housing Project, Phase I, is a rural development of 30 low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) units and a community center that are located within a beautiful, high-altitude ponderosa pine forest in southern New Mexico. Energy savings, occupant health, and reduced impact on the surrounding forest were primary goals of the project.
Northern Cheyenne Nation | Straw Bale Homes
Working with Northern Cheyenne tribal members, Red Feather Development Group (RFDG) a has developed a cooperative design/build. The homes are designed in collaboration with low-income first-time home owners and built through donations and volunteer efforts.
Navajo Nation | NHA Planning Manual
The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) undertook the ambitious task of creating a sustainable planning framework for the Navajo Nation, the largest tribal membership and land base in the United States that includes 5 agencies, 24 regions, and 110 chapters. The goal was to lay out a framework for 34,000 housing units that will satisfy the need for sustainable and cultural housing on the Navajo Nation.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe | Guadalupe House
The Guadalupe House is a low-cost home designed for the harsh desert climate of the Valley of the Sun, and reflects the unique cultures of the Latino and Yaqui communities of Guadalupe. It is a multi-generational house, designed to be expanded over time and accommodate several generations living in one household.
Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe | Good Earth Lodges
The Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority’s Good Earth Lodges project is the culmination of a research and development project funded by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. It has three objectives: to determine if the raw materials needed for compressed earth blocks could be found on the Crow Indian Reservation, if the blocks could withstand Montana’s extreme climate, and if a tribal workforce could be put in place to carry out the program.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians | Place of Hidden Waters
Place of Hidden Waters represents culturally and environmentally responsive new housing for the Puyallup Tribe in the Pacific Northwest, one that achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Platinum certification. The project is located on traditional Puyallup tribal lands on a hill overlooking the Puget Sound tidal flats.

Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo | LIHTC Pueblo Homes
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is located within the cities of El Paso and Socorro, Texas. This low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) Pueblo Homes project is situated in a 66-acre master planned community called District II in Socorro. As a clustered multiuse project, this mix of single-family and multifamily homes in a 60-unit development, with 30 duplexes and 30 single-family homes.
OhkayOwingeh | Owe’nehBupingeh Rehabilitation Project
Owe’nehBupingeh, the traditional name for the OhkayOwingeh village center, is believed to have been occupied for at least 700 years. Owe’nehBupingeh is composed of four plazas, surrounded in the past by several hundred homes. Sixty of the homes remain, most of which had been abandoned by 2005 due to deterioration.

Navajo | Elder Hoogan Homes Initiative
Indigenous Community Enterprises (ICE), one of the first green builders for the Navajo Housing Authority, providing culturally-appropriate housing for low-income Navajo tribal members. The Elder Hoogan Homes initiative worked directly with Navajo elders who helped design floor plans that would support traditional life-ways while being efficient and low-impact.

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