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The current study used a case study research design to investigate how the culture on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota affects housing choices and behaviors. After a visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation, the principle investigator observed the housing situation and became inspired to examine the relationship between the culture and the housing conditions. An interview was set up with a resident on the reservation using a structured interview protocol with probes. The interview protocol was developed after a careful review of the existing literature on culture and housing. The findings revealed three important themes: 1) family cohesion, 2) the importance of the Native American Church (NAC) and rituals, and 3) overcrowding.
This study provides an important beginning point in understanding how culture affects housing situations among ethnic minority groups. The findings can help practitioners, educators, policymakers, and other administrators in making decisions about and designing housing for ethnic minority groups, like American Indians.
Tell, Dana Denise, "How Does Culture Influence Housing Choices and Behaviors of Residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation? Preliminary Results" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 46.