Urban centers for Native Americans started springing up in cities in the 1950s following passage of the Indian Relocation Act. Thousands of Native people relocated from reservations and rural communities and the centers opened to help them connect with their cultures and each other. Today, urban Native centers serve a variety of purposes that include education and referrals for health, safety, and social services. We’ll talk about the legacy and evolution of urban Native community centers.
Patti Hibbeler (Salish and Kootena) – chief executive officer at the Phoenix Indian Center
Les Begay (Diné) – board of directors for the American Indian Center of Chicago
Paula Starr (Cheyenne) – executive director for the Southern California Indian Center
Break music: In Da’ City (song) Julian B (Featuring Cary Morin) (artist) Indian Rezervation Blues and More [Disc 1]