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Access reports and other resources associated with the SCinIC initiative, including energy evaluations and case studies.

  • Community Investments Vol 25, Issue 2

    Building Green and Respecting Native American Identity: Housing, Culture, and Sustainability in Native American Communities

    Native American tribes have long faced challenges in providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for tribal members. Recognizing the extreme housing conditions and needs in many Native communities, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is actively engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at improving conditions on the ground in Native communities across the U.S. This article details one of these efforts: Sustainable Construction in Indian Country (SCinIC), a joint program of HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) and Office of Native American Programs (ONAP). The initiative seeks to promote and support sustainable construction in Native communities through demonstration, training, and dissemination of best practices and program results.
  • Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands

    The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel, and promoting economic development. The Tribal Energy Program, in cooperation with the Department's Office of Indian Energy, will help Native American tribes, tribal energy resource development organizations, and tribal consortia to install community- or facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

  • DOE Issues FOA for Tribal Clean Energy Development

    The Tribal Energy Program is pleased to announce the availability of up to $7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate clean energy development on tribal lands. For more information, read the Progress Alert or follow the link below to view the complete funding opportunity announcement (FOA):
  • Inno-Village

    The Atmalautluak Traditional Council of Alaska is one of 51 winners of the $28 million Rural Innovations Fund grant competition for their sustainable development and innovation in sub-arctic conditions.

  • Smart Stack

    "Smart Stack" showcases a variety of affordable tribal housing developments throughout the United States that utilize government funding effectively.


    The first “green” house north of the Arctic Circle was built through a collaborative effort between the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Life Water Engineering, Illisagvik College, and the Tagiogmiullu Nunamiulli Housing Authority. The new housing design in Anaktuvuk Pass, AK helps to conserve energy, reduces building costs, and will likely become an example for future development in the region.

  • Sun-cess!

    Teekalet, an affordable housing complex for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Port Gamble, Washington offers 15 single-family homes, two apartments, and a community center on the tribe’s 1,340 acre reservation located along the shores of Port Gamble Bay. Funding for the site came from sources including the Washington State Housing Trust Fund and Indian Housing Block Grant funds, which helped to build the complex according to the state’s Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards.

  • Leed-ing the Way

    Tacoma, Washington is a national leader in the development of LEED certified affordable housing.


    "INCREDI-BALE" features the opening of a sustainable 18-unit affordable housing complex on 2 acres of tribal land near Plummer, Idaho. Funding for the $4 million project came from the tribe as well as HUD funds through the Native American Housing and Self Determination Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

  • Elder Housing Sunrise Acres »

    November 27, 2012 - St. Regis Tribal and housing authority leadership believes that an energy efficient, healthy home is the foundation of society and that a quality home provides a pathway to achieving an enriched lifestyle.

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    Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Recommendations: Elder Housing Sunrise Acres .pdf
  • 14380 S. Farm Road Multifamily Housing »

    November 27, 2012 - The Cocopah Indian Tribe, in southwestern Arizona, is committed to providing its members with safe, affordable, healthy, and energy efficient housing. This vision should encourage members living on the Reservation to remain and encourage members’ now living off- Reservation to return.

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    Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Recommendations: 14380 S. Farm Road Multifamily Housing .pdf
  • Kekyajek Odanek Elder Housing »

    August 6, 2012 - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Michigan constructed 20 single-family elder units in 2005 as part of an ongoing community master plan for Pokegnek Edawat Dowagiac.

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    Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Recommendations: Kekyajek Odanek Elder Housing .pdf
  • Kekyajek Odanek Phase 4: Multi-unit Housing »

    August 6, 2012 - The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in Michigan are currently working on Phase 4 of a community master plan to provide multi-family housing on tribal government land in Pokegnk Edawat Dowagiac. Construction is proposed to begin in the fall of 2012 and will consist of four new multi-family buildings.

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    Energy Evaluation and Recommendations: Kekyajek Odanek Phase 4: Multi-unit Housing .pdf
  • Incorporating Sustainable Land and Water Strategies Into a Master Plan »

    October 12, 2012 - The largest community of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians is in Dowagiac, Michigan. The name “Dowagiac” comes from the Potawatomi description for a “place to hunt, fish, and forage.” Care and restoration of earth and water are at the center of the Band’s master plan.

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    Report: Incorporating Sustainable Land and Water Strategies Into a Master Plan .pdf
  • Quinhagak Construction Manual »

    The information contained in this manual was originally developed and published as a reference for experienced building professionals in Quinhagak Alaska who participated in on-site training and construction of the Quinhagak Prototype Home. The manual documents the techniques utilized in the construction of the Quinhagak Prototype Home in order to further enable the experienced building professionals of Quinhagak to incorporate these techniques in future home construction projects.

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    Quinhagak Construction Manual 2012 .pdf