Housing Relocation Program

HOUSING RELOCATION PROGRAM

Unfortunately, in the United States, far too many American Indians reside in subpar housing plagued with overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. In 1996, to address this need, a partnership and subsequent legislation was created between the U.S. Air Force and Walking Shield to allow the transfer of excess military homes to federally recognized Indian Tribes in four states: Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. In 2010 the legislation was amended expanding Walking Shield’s authority to transfer homes from Air Force bases in Oregon, Nevada and Idaho. In 2015 the legislation was again amended granting Walking Shield authority over homes from all military installations (Air Force, Army, Navy and National Guard) in all 50 states to all federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Since 1996 Walking Shield has coordinated the relocation of 1,235 surplus military homes to 15 federally recognized tribes. The transfer of these military houses has mitigated homelessness and subpar housing issues; and provided Indian families with sustainable housing and enriched their lives.  The following list the Tribes that have benefited from this program and the military installations providing the homes:

Military Installation

Grand Forks Air Force Base

North Dakota

Malmstrom Air Force Base

Montana

Ellsworth Air Force Base

South Dakota

Minot Air Force Base

North Dakota 

Mountain Home Air Force

Idaho

Fort Riley, Kansas

Tribe

Pine Ridge Reservation

Rosebud Sioux

Standing Rock Sioux

Flandreau Santee Sioux

Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux

Circle of Nations School

White Earth Tribe

Red Lake Band

Fort Berthold

Turtle Mountain Band

Spirit Lake Nation

Fort Belknap Reservation

Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Chippewa Cree Tribe

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Turtle Mountain Band

Turtle Mountain/Dunseith   

Spirit Lake Nation

Fort Berthold

White Earth Tribe

Red Lake

Ely Tribe Nevada

Kickapoo Tribe

No. Homes Relocated

51

85

22

10

29

10

24

109

9

212

55

54

27

221

4

91

24

112

40

25

1

10

10

TOTAL 1,235