The 1950s Urban Relocation Program had the stated goal to help address poverty in rural reservations. The intent was to move Native American families to a handful of big cities where there were more job opportunities. The program failed to fix poverty. It also diminished Native communities. But it did create a new urban landscape for Native Americans. We’ll take a look inside these urban communities six decades later and see how the “relocatees” have created and maintained a strong Native connection.
Pamela Peters (Navajo) – multimedia indigenous documentarian
Dr. Dorene Wiese (Minnesota Chippewa) – president of the American Indian Association of Illinois
Break Music: Canoe Song (song) Chenoa (artist) Spirit of Salishan (Album)