Fort Riley is giving affordable housing to members of Kickapoo Tribe

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TOPEKA (WIBW)--- Fort Riley is helping members of the Kickapoo Tribe with adequate housing.

Military leaders at the post signed over ten homes to tribal leaders Tuesday.

The first was moved off site, and will be transported to the Kickapoo reservation.

It's part of 'Operation Walking Shield,' which provides housing for Native Americans.

A large portion of the older housing on Fort Riley is abandoned and was slated for demolition.

The 'Walking Shield' Program gives the homes new life.

"It's all about giving back! We had the opportunity to give back, we have this excess inventory that was going to get demolished anyways. The bones are still good in these homes, but they have served there purpose on the military installation, now we have the ability to give it to the Kickapoo Tribe."

Operation Walking Shield is the brainchild of Arizona Senator John McCain.