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Indian Country

The "Green Communities & Affordable Green Housing in Indian Country initiative"

We are always glad to work in partnership with First Nations Tribal Planning and Housing Offices
across the Upper Midwest. Recent partnership projects include:

   • Participatory land use planning for eco-cultural preservation & development.
   • Participatory workshops for eco-solar community, masterplan, and site design.
   • Planning and design for "Green" community facilities.
   • Planning and design for "Affordable Green Housing."
   • Hands-on job training in "Green Construction" for tribal housing staff and local builders.
   • Professional development seminars and workshops for decision makers.
   • First Nations Sustainable Futures Analysis Workbook & Unmet Needs Study

Our programs & recent partnership projects are described below.
  If you think our "Green Communities & Green Affordable Housing in Indian Country" programs
  might be useful for community, we would be glad to hear from you:

    Forward to our "Contact Us & Invitation" page


Introduction to an Eco-Cultural Land Use Planning Process   


A slideshow about this processes, illustrated with images from several recent partnerships with Tribal Planning offices.

Eco-Cultural & Solar Community, Masterplan, and Site Design

Our first partnership in "Indian Country" was in 2002, at the invitation of the Director of Planning at the Red Cliff Nation. We have been invited back several times over the years to assist with a variety of community preservation and development projects. Since then we have responded to requests for assistance from several other First Nations communities in the Upper Midwest.

DOWNLOAD an illustrated report of the history of our partnerships
with the Red Cliff Nation (2M pdf).

The "Green Multi-Generational House"
This is a healthy, affordable, energy efficient, and culturally accommodating idea for First Nations families. We invited staff from three Tribal Housing Offices and the award-winning architects at Design Coalition to act as consultants on this project after learning about the disconnect between conventional single-family homes and the preferences of families in several of our neighboring First Nations.

Visit "Ecological Design" at

The Affordable Natural Home in Indian Country       

& "Northern Light Straw-Clay" Construction Technology

We developed this program in response to requests for assistance with "healthy" homes. This tech-transfer program includes professional development workshops for decision-makers and on-the-job training for housing staff, local builders, and local artisans.

Learn more about our international research and tech-transfer initiative at our "Northern Light Straw-Clay" page
and -The Affordable Natural House

Cover Page from LdF Report
& Cover Page from SFA Workbook


Design Coalition Institute staff partners with tribal and local governments to prepare a comprehensive analysis of goals and budgets to assist with decision making for a sustainable future.   

We prepared an overview of our recent "Sustainable Futures" partnership with with the Lac du Flambeau Nation to illustrate the usefulness of this process and the "Sustainable Futures Workbook"

Forward to our "Sustainable Futures Budget Analysis" page

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