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Building A Natural House of Straw

Building A Natural House of Straw

At $3,000, not including the solar power this housing program could help in a reservation where over 60% of the homes are infested with black mold. Where an average 17 people live in each home. And many homeless families live in tents or cars, while other families live in shacks, old trailers, or dilapidated mobile homes.

A natural housing company selected the Pine Ridge Reservation as the place to stage their latest housing workshop. With the help of workshop participants, volunteers and community members, they erect a house in a week, made completely out of natural materials and powered by the sun.

But with virtually every material that comprises the house abundant in the area – straw, mud, gravel and rubble – some see it as a symbol of sustainability and autonomy. It may be made of straw, but against the huffing and puffing of fierce plains winds this house holds up.

In Porcupine, SD. This Natural building is an earth-friendly building option, using materials that are, by and large, not industrially processed. Usually a small amount of processing occurs, for instance, the mechanical baling of the straw, but the mentality is one of conservation.

A goal of the workshop was to build a warm, pleasant, inexpensive house that would last a long time and would have a low impact on the environment. Further, AMERIND Risk Management Corp, (a not-for-profit American Indian Insurance company) will insure such a home.

Building the Home

The solar power made this house stand out amid grid-dependant houses in Shannon County. The house was carefully wired to code with two ceiling lights and two outlets powered entirely by solar energy. The final plaster and the earth floor need to be finished, along with the soil and plant on the roof this spring. Measuring 11 feet by 16 on the inside and costing about $3,000, excluding the solar equipment, the house is cool when it is warm outside, and heats up quickly with the wood stove.

Our Success is only as Good as our Team of Volunteers

We are a grassroots volunteer charity. we strive for 100% of all donations to reach those in need. Our Board, Staff and Volunteers have agreed to accept no salaries for our work with this corporation. Our efforts are to ensure the continual movement of donations and supplies to our fellow Native Americans who are truly in need. Our motive is the sincere desire to serve from the heart, as our ancestors did.

Some of these dedicated volunteers have decades of experience in humanitarian programs, working unselfishly while receiving payments of warm smiles, thank you hugs and heart felt love.

There is no greater satisfaction of the heart then to see the smile on a child’s face when handing them a toy or an elder’s smile upon receiving a warm blanket. There is no greater joy then to serve those who can not serve themselves.




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