City-Back: Impacts of Relocation on Indigenous Urban Experience

The 2010 U.S. census, there is roughly 75% of Native people live in cities. This shift has been influenced by the Relocation Act of 1950 and other relocation programs. The B.I.A. expanded funding to recruit Indigenous people to relocate off-reservations. The Indian Relocation Act of 1956 was intended to assimilate native people into western society by removing them from reservations to cities, essentially detaching them from any of their cultural ties. Urban planning must account for the obligations cities have to indigenous communities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the impacts on urban construction of the Indian Relocation Act of 1956 and other federal Native American policies.
  • Acknowledge and understand the lived reality of indigenous people in urban areas.
  • Apply indigenous experiences and knowledge in current urban planning practices.

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