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Native American Students Build Tiny Homes for Homeless

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 16th, 2015 Last Updated on: June 16th, 2015

What an inspiring story from KING5 News in Seattle! Native American students in the Tulalip Construction Training program are helping to build tiny homes for the Nickelsville Homeless Encampment in Seattle.

Before students received a diploma and a ceremonial hammer from the Tulalip Tribal Employment Rights Office Monday, they heard from John Hord, who currently lives in a tent at Nickelsville. Hord is a Chippewa from Minnesota and a carpenter. About four and a half months ago, he lost his housing.

“Nickelsville isn't about being accepted into Nickelsville – here's where I'm going to stay the rest of my life – Nickelsville is a platform to build on and make the next step in life,” he said. “Way into the future – hopefully 15, 20 years from now those structures are still going to be changing people's lives.”

Way to go everyone! It sounds like everyone benefits from this project.


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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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Dale Hassler

Hello. I’m a homeless 1st nation veteran surviving on Carry The Kettle reserve in Canada. I could really use some building materials or a warm place to live in. If u can help me…..please do. Sincerely Dale Hassler

WK WhiteWolf

Me thinks that is ” Pretty Cool ” Our Peoples ” The INDAN STUDENTS ” Building Temp. Homes for the Homeless ”. My Prayers in Happiness for what these ” Students ” are Doing Me Has Shed A Tear within Happiness for the Homeless for they Now have a Place to ” Call Home ”. Lumlum Thank You For Helping The Homeless…….. May Grandfather ” Smile Upon you Peoples ” , Me thinks this ” Beautiful ” for what You are doing…

mary amundson

Thank you for all you are doing for your/our people. This needs to be done whereever there is a need. I hope the women are also working along side of you. This is a very empowering and noble thing to do. I’m sure your Ancestors would be pleased….

Robin Hoose

This is wonderful…..this program and those who participated and graduated are doing wonderful things for the underprivileged. Aho.

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