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Brad Pitt’s ‘Make It Right’ Homes Finally Arrive in Montana

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown July 5th, 2015 Last Updated on: July 5th, 2015

You might remember last year we told you about Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. A lot of people were praising the project saying homes were desperately needed in the community since there was a long waiting list for housing. As MTN News reports, there was unfortunately a hidden cost for bringing these homes to the reservation.

Former tribal leader Stoney Anketel who signed on with the foundation's project years ago originally told the new tribal council that the housing project would be “free.”

The tribe later learned that it would be responsible for millions of dollars in infrastructure costs to build a sewer system on the undeveloped land.

The tribe voiced concern back in March that the more than $3 million it contributed to this housing venture would never amount to anything.

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Hear more on the story below:

So what do you think of the housing project? Do you think the foundation should have helped with the infrastructure costs too?


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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ida crocker

i am yukon FN. the way i see it the band should take some responsability for the infrastructure. there is no reason why brad and whomever should should foot the whole bill. maybe the chief and his staff could have done their homework before they accepted this wonderful gift.

verde

Brad Pitt is one person.(ONE)
It takes more than one person to right a such a humungus wrong done by many. Of course I don’t know all the facts, etc. but I do know & have experienced the nightmares that can occur when a person innocently tries to offer help & it backfires.

Anne Pfeiffe

Seems to me we are getting just a sound bite and not the whole story. Certainly infrastructure would have come up in the original discussion. Did Anketel mislead the tribal council? Did the tribal council ask about the details? I’m sure they must have. Most likely they have known all along and have been coming up with a plan to pay for that part, but the story is spun to make us think that it was a complete surprise. Diane Spacell seems to know more of the story. Beware of misleading journalism.

mike

“Each foundation-built house costs about $283,000 while the median cost of a home in Poplar is about $46,900,”

now doesn’t that say it all. stupid is stupid does…these foundations are nothing more than jobs for wannabe politicians in training…either we have people who are stupid beyond imagination or are corrupt…at some point the american people will wake up, grow some balls, and rebel against all this stupidity and corruption that has taken over our country.

Anne Jehle

Very pretty house, but how are they going to heat it in that climate? Where is the electricity coming from? Will these houses be where people live, like out in the boonies, or grouped into housing tracts? I keep going back to the electricity, as I can hardly pay my own electric bill. On the Gila River Reservation we had free utilities as part of the right of way agreements with the different companies. What a shock moving off!

B

Not a THING IN LIFE IS FREE !!! DONT PEOPLE GET IT!! Besides the fact look at that? HOW MUCH U GOING TO HATE THAT HOUSE IN THE DEAD OF WINTER, ALL THOSE WINDOWS, COME ON?? They need “Tiny Houses” that can be moved if needed to, not perm? NOT RV’S EITHER!!! TINY HOUSES YOU CAN ADD ON AS YOU GO OR CAN AFFORD ETC?

Genoveva

I believe Brad Pitt is trying to help,but the houses shouldn’t cost the people a thing. The people are the natural heirs of the land,so they shouldn’t have to pay a anything.

Montague

Well, yes genevieve. But the reality is that nothing happens without money moving around. The Natives involved need to hire a reputable law firm to represent them and take this to court.

Diane Spacil

Three Million has apparently been invested by the band as well. So both sides are contributing. The First Nation’s people appear grateful and ready to move forward with this project. Prayers for the families who will benefit from all this effort. It’s a good and beautiful gesture. ~Treaty 6 Territory, Canada.

Tribal Housing Concerns

I believe Mr. Pitt is trying to help. Question is: Are tribal members remotely trying to help themselves? The government hands out millions of dollars each year, but yet I see no change within tribal government, besides corruption and a free paycheck on my behalf.

Scott

The tribe recieves annual funding from the federal government. They should have been prepared to use this funding to accomodate the development.

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