Healthy and culturally designed homes need to be accessible and affordable! NativeEarth organized to:
- Build natural, energy efficient, and culturally appropriate homes on Native lands.
- Facilitate Native peoples’ involvement and empowerment in sustainable community design and construction,
- Provide training in professional-level ecological design, electrical installation, plumbing installation, and water treatment.
Who We Are
NativeEarth, a stand-alone program within Sustainable Nations, is comprised of architects, natural builders, policy specialists, Native financial managers, and community organizers.
NativeEarth Homes works with Native families of all income levels to design and build their own natural, energy efficient and culturally appropriate homes. Natural homes not only are healthy for the earth and the people who live in them, they lend themselves to being sites of community building and healing.
Children, elders, and all ages in between, as well as people of many different skill levels can work effectively on naturally built homes. Often, the techniques used are expressions of ancestral building techniques, bringing old stories out as people work together.
How we Work
This program is designed to not only provide a home for a family but to provide education and empowerment for a community. The entire process of selection, design, and construction involves strong commitment to community education and engagement, from workshops held, design planning, public awareness campaigns, and professional level training for community members. We actively seek to collaborate with local tribal colleges, organizations, and volunteers to create a truly community-built home.
Who is Eligible?
Applicants for our affordable home construction loans must be able to commit to a number of hours on the construction site. They need to have the capacity to host a ten-day long natural building construction training, involving organizing support and food preparation. They need to demonstrate the capacity to afford regular monthly payments, and the ability to maintain their home.
We are Looking for Potential Partners!
We work with tribal colleges, educational institutions, community groups, tribal governments, housing authorities, and families to design the homes, systems, and host the training.
Funding Affordable Loans
Our professionals in Indian Country work with Housing and Urban Development, Bureau of Indian Affairs, tribal housing authorities, community development financial institutions and national Native lending institutions to put together a funding package that is affordable for each family.
We are launching the Initiative in the Southwest, then seeking to expand the program, eventually branching into a nationally operating, networked collaborative.