Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Partnering with Sioux & Assiniboine Tribes

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 24th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 28th, 2018

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Native News Online reports that Brad Pitt's Make it Right non-profit foundation will be partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation.

From Make it Right's website:

This year we will build the first twenty Cradle to Cradle-inspired, LEED Platinum 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 Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes spent four days meeting with tribal members before developing their designs.

Check out some of the designs below and let us know which one is your favorite.

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For more information on the project and how you can donate please visit Make it Right.

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Janice Villarreal

Thank you Brad Pitt , I am enrolled assinaboune Sioux member ,I like the house with the room upstairs ,and the big porch , alot of houses are needed , thank u so much .

Brenda T

I love the first house. Thank you Brad Pitt for helping here in America. I saw what you did in Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina people and you are absolutely the best. You are so AWESOME!!!!

Elisabeth Smith

I’m 65 Cherokee living on SS only,,,would be nice to have a home of my own.

Zen leech

great news beautiful homes by Make it Right and a huge well done to Brad

Alisha Custer

I would like it know I am not trying to criticize. I look at the proposed homes with years of building and product experience. My favorite is the 3rd home or maize and orange home with the divided roof the best only b/c it has the better pitch to the roof which will ultimately work better in the Montana winters due to snow fall accumulation. Flat roofs in that climate can be a hazard if not built properly, and due to standing water issues when snow finally does begin to melt, flat roofs are more prone to leaking.
If “Make It Right” wants to help build homes that will last for more than 100 years instead of sub par housing like the US government has(or really hasn’t even though they have said over and over they will build homes) for years, they will look at the advice given in these posts from people who have lived in the harsher northern climates, and know what it takes to help these families build homes that will last for multiple generations to come instead of cookie cutter cardboard boxes that will barely last one generation. Safety and health come before the aesthetics of some architect who doesn’t even know what a Montana winter looks like, let alone feels like and how homes have to be built to sustain the weight of the snow, the harsh northern winds, and the sometimes persistent subzero temperatures.

Maleceet Rioux

I like the designs. For those who think the house should have a more ”local flavour” to them, I have confidence that whoever will live in them will make them their own in many good and fun ways. I have confidence the new occupants and owners will be creative enough.


Thank you Brad Pit, as far as the complaints from posters on the design, read the article. It says “Architects and designers from GRAFT, Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, Architecture for Humanity, Method Homes and Living Homes spent four days meeting with tribal members before developing their designs.”

tom mallard

************For saving energy for any wood frame house or trailer:

Use insulation board on the OUTSIDE under the siding works best, thermally it’s far more efficient doing this [hemp-mortar also works for this and is fireproof].

This triples the R-factor of a wall by greatly reducing conduction, the rooms are quieter and stay warmer longer, a R-15 wall becomes R-45; using this idea on the tiny home.

For trailers do the same thing but use 2×4’s for a light frame with decent X-bracing & hold downs for windy places. it’s so light can take off easy in gusty winds.

******************* What are you building??

Have work on an off-grid tiny home for myself using Earthship methods for wood framing, it’s 14’x20′. To have a greenhouse to process grewywater and put panels above that gives you a second floor with full headroom, nice 6ft deck on 2-sides and enclosed “porch” dirt at grade the floor to keep cold winds off the lower building, it’s a cold windy spot, eastern Washington so similar, the glazings for the porch are set on a 4ft wall at 45-degrees up to the deck to not shudder in gusts.

The thermal-mass for it is in the crawl space uses air heated by the panels mounted to heat air on the roof; solar hot-water; rain catchment w/cisterns & greywater-sewage system.

Having living comfort, power and water is then what you’re building, it’s a refuge able to support life on a fixed budget with little overhead to live there, that’s the point of spending the money or why not just camp out, teepee’s are better at that kind of living put in a pit toilet and live better than Detroit?

Modern people want running water, flush the toilet, charge the phone, all the electronics, has a washer-dryer, kitchen is fine, can take a bath the water’s hot and the lights work, even a tiny home.

So, to add to the requirements for all designs consider having the rain-snow catchment & sewage system as a big need along with thermal collection & mass built in to keep the rooms comfortable year round with the least energy.

Maybe I should submit my drawings? … didn’t think of that.


Alisha Custer

Maybe you should submit your drawings. It sounds like your ideas give a better idea for “sustainable” living far beyond what their renderings can capture to understand just how sustainable some of these families are going to need/have to be in Montana. I hope you do submit your ideas Tom.
Blessing to you,

paul gwaz.

I helped build a dome home that I think would be a perfect application for hempcrete,

kay nelson

the first one is something like the house I lived in near Hermosa SD it was nestled into a hillside with south exposure to all the windows in front kitchen was first with washroom on first floor, up a few steps to bedroom and office then up another few stairs to the front room with southern view. It was a pole building and was very energy efficient heated with a huge old army cook stove in kitchen. the side windows up stairs had a nice breeze in summer. Cheap to build and the interior walls were of the native pine. It was fed water to the taps by gravity storage tank buried up the hill. Drinking water was hauled and the bathroom was up the hill and had a window to the southern meadow.

Roma Red Thunder

If any of you people have ever been HOMELESS you wouldn’t care what these houses looked like. Fort Peck is prairie no trees for log cabins. If anything it should be built with a material that can be replenished.

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