Unveiling our home designs for Fort Peck Indian Reservation

We’re at Dwell on Design today to give attendees a first look at home designs for our Fort Peck project. If you’re not at Dwell, you can check out the renderings below. We’re thrilled to share this great work with our friends around the world.

Make It Right is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes on their reservation. This year we will build the first twenty Cradle to Cradle-inspired homes for tribal members in need of housing. Currently, more than 600 people are waiting for homes.

Architects and designers from GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities CollaborativeArchitecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes spent four days meeting with tribal members before developing their designs.

Make It Right’s product partners – Shaw Floors, Cosentino, Benjamin Moore, Unico and Leviton – are generously donating building materials to this project and the people of Fort Peck.

See their beautiful designs below – and click here to support our work with Native American tribes.

GRAFT home design

GRAFT home design CREDIT Graft

“One of the most fascinating aspects of working with Make It Right is the real collaboration with the community. This kind of relationship with the community is the real success of Make It Right projects.”
– Christoph Korner, founding partner, GRAFT

Architecture for Humanity home design

Architecture for Humanity home CREDIT Make It Right

“We are enthusiastic about these home designs that reflect traditional life ways while exemplifying deep green public-impact architecture.”
–  Nathaniel Corum, architect, Architecture for Humanity

Method Homes home design

Method Homes home design CREDIT Method Homes

“The community engagement in the design process and overall mission of creating a holistically sustainable community have been inspiring to witness.”
–  Brian Abramson, co-founder, Method Homes

Living Homes home design

Living Homes home design CREDIT Living Homes

“We believe Make It Right’s Fort Peck project will set a standard for sustainable community development.”
–  Steve Glenn, founder, Living Homes

Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative home design

Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative home design CREDIT Make It Right

“As a tribal designer working in Indian Country, I feel we have an obligation to design and build housing that is tied to the culture, community and place of Fort Peck.”
– Joseph Kunkel, architect, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section!

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  1. I see nothing indigenous represented in these structures. Were the Native Americans included in the design of the plan? They’re nice but don’t seem to represent the target. Don’t mean to offend.

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  3. I am so pleased to see this work on reservations. I just saw information about your group posted on powwows.com’s FB page.

    Are the designs/plans used ever sold to consumers outside of Make it Right? Some of these are clever-looking designs and would be interesting to consider for home construction.

    Many thanks for your work. My family works closely with the Lakota Waldorf School on Pine Ridge and we are always looking for new groups to support who work with directly with Native American tribes.

  4. I love this idea and the designs look great for the prairie where they will be located. Where can I see the floor plans. Make it right is completely new to me. So glad you are there.

  5. i would like to see the floor plans and dimensions , see the finished inside of the structures , they are pretty outside , but more info would make selection easier , any thoughts on using adobe blocks in the interior behind windows to absorb winter sunlight and help with heating costs

  6. Would you be willing to share your design with other Native American’s who’d like to build on their own reservations? Truly inspired and interested in learning more about replicating the work on my own reservation for individuals who are able to build or looking to build.

  7. Get the story correct please. Fort Peck, Montana is a town that is NOT on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Two separate ‘things’!!!
    The Fort Peck Indian Reservation towns are Frazer, Oswego, Wolf Point, Poplar and Brockton. They are all located on the reservation, in Roosevelt county, Montana. Fort Peck, Montana is located in Valley county, Montana and again, is not located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Not sure what kind of Native American architects you found… but they couldn’t have been from the plains. We have wind, super heat, super minus temps in the winter, in otherwords, something is needed that withstands the elements.
    Good luck. Yes, Can’t wait to see this really happen. I do live up here and am a director for the hospital nonprofit organization. I see a lot.
    And really…. these designs will stand out as sore thumbs up here on the prairie. Can’t you try and design something that would be complimentary to the landscape of the plains. These are not something that anyone that I know of would want to live in. And I’ve lived in NE Scottsdale AZ with wonderful looking homes….. but this is the outback, prairie, plains, nothingness…… not a superb that a ‘cool’ design would look good in.
    Study your subjects and a map before you start writing articles on the where and what.
    Yes, they do need new housing. Yes, they are living in horrible conditions. Yes, something does need to be done to stop the generational way of life.
    Thank you for doing something… but not this type of housing please.

    • I don’t see what your rant was all about? I don’t think anybody is confusing the Fort Peck Indian Reservation for the small town of Fort Peck. All though Ft. Peck, Mt is only a stones throw away from the Ft Peck Indian Reservation line. The Fort Peck Stockade Post was built it 1867, about a mile from the current Ft Peck Dam. In 1871 the Milk River Indian Agency was moved to Ft Peck until 1879 when the post was abandoned. Fort Peck Indian Reservation was established in 1886. Construction on Fort Peck Dam started in 1934 and the town of Fort Peck was built. So if you want to get technical, the Indians Agency was at Fort Peck before it was even Fort Peck and the reservation held the Fort Peck name for over 50 years before the dam or the town existed.
      I really don’t see anything wrong with the current models that they’re presenting. I don’t how you could design a home to compliment to prairie? Make it flat? I’ve been to a few of these meeting on Fort Peck and they have taken consideration in for several factors. High efficiency building materials, southern faces is a good start. Plus I’ve seen the layout of the neighborhood and location. I think the people living on the reservation are more worried about having a home to live in then how it looks or if it goes with the landscape.

  8. I can’t imagine the indigenous people not being thrilled with the design and concept of these homes.
    How do we get them more? And why are we still cutting funding to them?

  9. I am familiar with the construction of homes like these and the can be very close to nature – I would hope that Brad Pitt and his associates would do some fund raising so more families can benefit!

  10. Am happy to find out about Make It Right. Although I have not been on to this particular reservation, I have seen horrific housing on many reservations including Pine Ridge in SD. Although these designs may not be “perfect”, they are a giant step in the right direction and are a whole lot better than FEMA trailers. It is a good place to start. Housing is a huge issue on many reservations and one has to start somewhere. Have you considered using compressed earth blocks rather than wood as wood is hard to come by on the plains. Have you considered offering these designs to other tribes and/or non-profits on the reservations that focused on housing?

  11. Without and floor plans to give full judgement. My favorite is #4.

    Fantastic project – keep up the great work !

  12. I love the Make it Right organization and have contributed ever year for the past several years in my own small way. Last year was the first year I had contributed to the Ft. Peck work and am doing so again this year. I like #4 the best but it would be helpful to see the inside plans posted. I realize that it takes someone at your office to get the plans uploaded on the website, etc. but it would be hlepful if you could do that like you did with the NOLA homes. Some people will criticize you no matter what you do, but I know your hearts (and brains) are doing good work and trying as much as practically possible to be in the right place. That said, keep up the great work!!

  13. Thank you so much…this is amazing. Im a lummi tribal member located in Bellingham Wa. I have been renting for over 20 years since ive lived on my own. Could have owned several homes by now but never had stability or credit. I just never wanted to become part of “the system” of capitalism. Anyways…I started and skipper a 38 foot canoe made of cedar for 15 kids that paddle on the water of our ancestors. Im in the process of expanding my program to start building traditional style cedar plankwood homes/longhouses for our kids to travel to throughout our traditional homelands and provide cultural and language emersion projects. Ive always wanted to have a house of my own. A place that’s big enough for the kids to come and stay with me when times are tough. A lot of my kids are in the foster care system or come from troubled homes… if I could build a longhouse style with a central feeding and gathering area, with bedroom pods off to the side for privacy… I could adopt a lot of the kids or take them off the streets so they have a safe place to live then take them out on canoes to learn how to survive struggles in their lives….
    just a thought.
    just a wish.
    if your interested in learning more about my program, ide be happy to share.

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  15. I am looking for information that might help us here on the Navajo Nation, we are also fighting homelessness and overcrowding. We have a group of wonderful individuals that are trying to help three communities here on the Navajo Nation. So if someone from Make it Right Foundation can please get back with us we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you