Housing, Shelter

Red Feather Development Group

Everyone deserves a healthy home

aka Red Feather

Bozeman, MT


Red Feather envisions a world where healthy and safe housing is available to all. We partner with Native American tribes and nations to develop and implement sustainable solutions to their housing needs. For over 20 years Red Feather has been working to make Native American homes healthier through education, empowering workshops, and in the cases of elderly or disabled homeowners, building them new homes or facilitating repairs.

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Executive Director

Mr. Mark Hall

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PO Box 907

Bozeman, MT 59771 USA


sustainable home development, tribal housing, american indians, home building





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Health Support Services (E60)

Rural (S32)

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Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Healthy Homes Workshop Series

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Native Home Repair Network (NHRN)

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Red Feather is a part of the solution to the housing crisis on the Hopi, Navajo and Northern Cheyenne reservations. We are a partner with tribal organizations to ensure the self-determination of American Indians to have healthy homes. Red Feather educates and empowers reservation homeowners to solve their own problems. When Red Feather programs and services are no longer sought after by Native American communities because they are no longer needed, Red Feather's work will be done.

First, we educate and host hands-on skills training workshops for homeowners and professional trades people. Outside of Indian Country there is a misunderstanding of the housing crisis that exists across most American Indian Reservations. Part of our fund raising strategy is to bring light to the need and change misperceptions. We also educate people living on reservations about how things like mold and coal stove smoke can contribute to lung diseases like asthma, which is twice as prevalent on reservations. Second, Red Feather empowers homeowners to take on home repairs and weatherization. We teach workshops like Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Weatherization and Women's DIY Home Repair. The classes involve discussion of health and safety concerns and then a hands on portion where the students practice the new skills on fellow students' homes. Students receive kits with materials to begin work on their own homes. We also empower homeowners in need of home repair by linking them to available sources of funding and providing professional local referrals for the work. Finally, when all resources and education has been exhausted, and where a homeowner is elderly or disabled, Red Feather may actually take a more active role in ensuring health and safety needs are met, including raising additional funding and managing work crews ourselves. Whenever possible we hire local crews and take the opportunity to provide any business or professional training that is requested and that we can assist with.

We employ a full-time Educational Program Director who designs and delivers the educational courseware that can be distributed independently or used in the workshops.
We also have another full time Program Director who manages logistics like class enrollment, classroom venue, evaluations, kit purchases and donations and the like.
Other full time staff positions include an Office Manager, a Fund Development and Communications Director and an Executive Director.
We value listening to the people we serve as one of our strongest capabilities.

Funding is one clear signal that we are able to demonstrate to investors that we are having an impact. We know we have an impact on the reservations by the number of people who come to our workshops and the number of homes we make healthier through home assessments and home repairs. In 2015, we educated over 275 individuals and improved over 30 homes through weatherization and repairs.

For the first of our 20 years we focused mainly on building and teaching Native Americans how to build sustainable new homes such a straw bale houses. Over the course of that time we built over 20 homes in Montana and Arizona. Each one not only represented a new healthy home for one family but it served as an opportunity for learning and for cultural exchange between volunteers from outside the community and members of the community. After listening carefully to the tribal entities of the Northern Cheyenne, Hopi and Navajo nations, we understand there is a need to salvage and make healthier the existing housing stock. We have begun educating and empowering able-bodied people to repair their homes and install wheelchair ramps for the less able-bodied. The need for our services clearly outstrips our ability to reach everyone in need.

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Red Feather Development Group

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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