“The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, supports culturally and environmentally sustainable affordable housing appropriate to American Indian communities nationwide. We help to build capacity through building relationships, focusing on core values specific to each place and rooted in the spirit, the community and the land. Through technical assistance and research of best practices, we can help a community to reduce their impact on the natural world, gain self-sufficiency and provide solutions for culturally appropriate, healthy and affordable housing.”
Five tribal communities in the Southwest are working to align their goals for green building and long-term cultural sustainability with current housing and planning projects. The project teams are from Jicarilla Apache Nation, Navajo Nation, Ohkay Owingeh, Santo Domingo, and Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation. See more on each of their projects here.
The Southwest Case Studies were funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We held two workshops in 2011, at UNM School of Architecture and at Ohkay Owinge Pueblo. Video credit: Richard Neil, Adventure Pictures.