Beverley Mitchell

Brad Pitt's Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

by , 06/20/14

The Make It Right nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana, to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. In addition to 20 LEED Platinum certified homes, the project will develop a sustainable master plan for the entire reservation, which covers thousands of acres and is home to more than 6,000 Native Americans.


Make It Right was set up in 2007 to provide housing for people in need. All Make It Right projects are LEED Platinum certified, Cradle to Cradle inspired, and designed by renowned architects in collaboration with the community involved. For the current project, 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.

Related: Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” Transforms Historic School into LEED Platinum Affordable Housing

Currently, more than 600 people are waiting for housing on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Overcrowding is a chronic problem, with multiple families commonly living together in two-bedroom homes due to lack of accommodation. The solar-powered homes will have between three and four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and be available to tribal members whose income levels are at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income.

“As a tribal designer working in Indian Country, I feel we have an obligation to design and build housing that is tied to the culture, community and place of Fort Peck,” says Joseph Kunkel, Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. “We’re excited about the potential impact this project may offer the Assiniboine and Sioux community, along with provide a national precedent for Indian Housing nationwide.” Construction on the Montana project begins this year.

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11 Comments

  1. Azim Ramelize August 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    can you tell me how to get the schematic for one of the homes built on the montana reservation

  2. Dusty13 July 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Bless Brad Pitt\\\’s heart for giving back to the country that has offered him success, through his dedication to his craft. Its popular belief in this country amongst whites that American Indian people regularly collect money from the US Government, this is a total falsehood. Some native people live on some of the most God Forsaken land on this continent, far from employment options. They are living on their ancestors homeland, that\\\’s all they know. Older generations have not assimilated into the mainstream culture as more educated of the people have. God Bless You Brad Pitt, for recognizing there are citizens of our own country that are in need of a hand up.

  3. Sister WildFlower June 24, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Blessing it time somone stand up for my people Sister Wildflower.

  4. fenster June 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Can one find the specifications and layout and plan?
    Many thanks, >>>fenster

  5. manybears June 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    My family and I are flood victims. Its been a year since a flood hit our home and we can NEVER go back. Wish Brad can help us 😩 my babies need a home, don’t know when that will happen…

  6. Banakonda Bell June 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I would love James Bay, Ontario to be able to have this opportunity. They could use this…. they really need sensible sustainable housing. the stuff sent up a year and a half ago is inferior and unsuitable to the climate they live in.

  7. Randall Beard June 22, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    wish i had one to live in

  8. Lynn McBride June 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    This is so Awesome!!!…They are Awesome! Thanks for helping people in need.

  9. NativeChick June 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    It is wonderful that Brad Pitt would invest funds in a Native American community. We were just saying today that there are a lot of people that are incredibly rich, but choose to use their money for evil instead of good. Brad & his wife, Angelina, choose to do good with theirs.

  10. Suzanne Wallace June 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Brad and Angelina are a wonderful couple. Thanks for all you do. I love the homes. Sadly, there are so many homeless people today. Rent is at an all time high. People like you are such a help.

  11. Mary Larrimore June 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    This is awesome!

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