Indian tribes welcome much-maligned FEMA homes that were rejected after Katrina

Posted by Trish Riley, July 9, 2011

I can’t believe the feds are giving these unsafe things to the Indians. the trail of tears just goes on and on. when will our country honor those whose lands we stole? –tr*

Wanda Tiger and her husband needed a new home after a long-term house-sitting arrangement came to an end. But for members of their American Indian tribe in rural Oklahoma, affordable housing options were few.

Then tribal leaders learned of an impossibly attractive offer: Mobile homes that had never been occupied were available from the government almost for free. They had stood vacant for years after being rejected as temporary housing following Hurricane Katrina.

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( Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press ) – Charles Tiger is pictured during an interview in his FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Nearly six years after the hurricane, the mobile homes that became a symbol of the government’s failed response are finally being put to good use. FEMA has quietly given many of them away to American Indian tribes that are in desperate need of affordable housing.

( Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press ) – Wanda Tiger gestures as she talks outside her FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Nearly six years after the hurricane, the mobile homes that became a symbol of the government’s failed response are finally being put to good use. FEMA has quietly given many of them away to American Indian tribes that are in desperate need of affordable housing.

( Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press ) – Wanda and Charles Tiger are pictured during an interview in their FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

( Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press ) – Wanda Tiger gestures as she answers a question during an interview in her FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011.

( Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press ) – Charles Tiger is pictured during an interview in his FEMA trailer home in Little Axe, Okla., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Nearly six years after the hurricane, the mobile homes that became a symbol of the government’s failed response are finally being put to good use. FEMA has quietly given many of them away to American Indian tribes that are in desperate need of affordable housing.

To Tiger and members of other tribes, the homes seemed perfect, even luxurious.

via AP Enterprise: Indian tribes welcome much-maligned FEMA homes that were rejected after Katrina – The Washington Post.