Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe | Good Earth Lodges

The Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority’s Good Earth Lodges project is the culmination of a research and development project funded by the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. It has three objectives: to determine if the raw materials needed for compressed earth blocks could be found on the Crow Indian Reservation, if the blocks could withstand Montana’s extreme climate, and if a tribal workforce could be put in place to carry out the program. With technical assistance from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (MCEDC), the project is meeting these goals. At the time of writing, seven homes had been completed and six more were nearing completion.

This case study forms part of the Case Studies 2013 project by the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC). These case studies are foundational to SNCC's multi-year effort to research and share the exciting work that tribes are undertaking across the country.

About The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative

The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) was founded in New Mexico in 2009 to advance the development of culturally and environmentally responsive housing design within American Indian communities.

Through planning, architectural design, technical assistance and research, the collaborative help tribal communities gain self-sufficiency, improve their impacts on the natural world, and develop healthy, green, culturally-appropriate communities.