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Community Relocation with Revitalization

We will provide technical assistance to coastal Native American Communities that need to relocate and create sustainable communities.

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The BRACE Institute was created at the suggestion of various Native American communities in Lousiana (Choctaw), Oregon (Quinnault) and Alaska (Inupiak) whose villages are going to be under water in the next 5 to 10 years.  These are very poor people who do not now how to navigate the grants and fund-raising process.  They have asked BRACE to serve as their intermediary as they plan green and sustainable new communities and re-train themselves for jobs such as aquaculure and sustainable farming.  

Explain your idea

The coastal areas of the US are all in the process of going under water. The first that will be affected are the Native Americans who live on low-lying islands and who will need to move their whole communities to higher ground. The Choctaw and Quainault have already designed new communities using the new-humanism model that will create community cohesion. They need help with the actual move and also with training in related skills that they can use when they relocate. At this time, all are reliant on the sea for food and income. We will wor with the USDA on innovative agriculture projects such as green-house farming and aquaculture that will enable the new communities to sustatain themselves and grow in size and functionality.

Who Benefits?

The beneficiaries will be the 200-300 people in each of five targeted coastal villages, all Native Americans. The Ile de Jean Charles Choctaw, the Quanalt of coastal Oregon and at least five Inuit communities. At least 180 villages are flooding from sea level rise and 31 of those are considered in imminant danger of becoming uninhabitable.

How is your idea unique?

BRACE is the only organization that is working on community relocation due to sea leave rise. All indications are that millions of people world wide- will have to move in the next 20 years, including most of the worlds large cities that were originally port cities. There is very little experience with community relocation where there are planned new communities and job training for those who relocate. These communiities need an organization, such as BRACE, to help them find additional funding and share information with others that are relocating.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about you

BRACE Institute ( is a new 501(c)(3) that was initially funded by Heartlands International ( in response to requests from Native American communities in need of relocation. Heartlands is a Native American owned small business with experience in 70 countries world wide, much of that in economic and community development. Heartlands staff will manage BRACE until we are able to leverage start-up money to hire full time staff.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.


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