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Kumuhau Subdivision

Waimanalo, HI

Devine Legacy

Phoenix, AZ

Elder Hogan Homes

Navajo Nation, AZ+NM

Good Earth Lodges

Crow Reservation, MT

Guadalupe House

Guadalupe, AZ

I-Sah’-Din’-Dii, Phase I

Mescalero Apache Reservation, NM

Kikunol Housing

Pleasant Point, ME

LIHTC Pueblo Homes

Socorro, TX

Nageezi House

Navajo Nation, AZ+NM

NHA Planning Manual

Navajo Nation, AZ+NM

Owe’neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, NM

Penobscot LEED Homes

Penobscot Reservation, ME

The Gathering Place

Couer d’Alene, ID

Teekalet Village

Port Gamble, WA

Straw Bale Homes

Northern Cheyenne, MT

Place of Hidden Waters

Puyallup, WA

Pinoleville Pomo Nation Homes

Ukiah, CA

Best Practices

Design

Good design is the cornerstone of the highlighted projects presented here. They bear witness to a transformation of tribal housing around the country through community engagement, innovative thinking, thoughtful design, creative nancing, partnership-build- ing, and a connection to heritage, culture, and nature.

Site

Native American communities have long sustained a strong sense of place, identity, and community, even through major social and geographic upheavals. A native sense of place links the natural, physical world to cultural values, a strong cosmology, and an understanding that everything is interconnected.

Innovation

Many of the development teams we feature here were determined to build new models of housing specific to their communities. They exhibit a high degree of innovation demonstrated in new partnerships, innovative technologies, research, and creative financing. Some teams reached out to establish partnerships and collaborations that became critical for their success.

Culture

These featured projects demonstrate that affordable, cost-effective, and healthy housing can be specific to each culture, place, and climate. Most of the projects that incorporated culturally-based design strategies did so through a strong community-engagement process, meeting with various user groups, including potential residents, community members, elders, youth, and cultural leaders.

Green

The case studies profiled here are composed of many shades of green. Whether through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, or traditional conceptions of environmental sustainability, the projects exhibit comprehensive approaches to green building. Project location, site design, water, energy efficiency, appropriate materials, healthy indoor air quality, and longterm operations and maintenance were some important factors.

Impact

Good design is the cornerstone of the highlighted projects presented here. They bear witness to a transformation of tribal housing around the country through community engagement, innovative thinking, thoughtful design, creative nancing, partnership-build- ing, and a connection to heritage, culture, and nature.