Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The A train is my war pony

The National Urban Indian Family Coalition went and had an "Urban Indian summit" and 66% of us showed up, so to speak. Yes, 66% of self-identified American Indians and Alaska Natives live in the big city. In contrast to pre-1990, when the majority of Indians lived on the Rez. Times are achangin'.

Seems like the majority of urban Indians can be found in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, Anchorage and Tulsa. (Although I was just in Seattle for the weekend, and there be a lot of Indians there, too.)

What does this mean, that more Indians are living away from the Rez? What will the impact be in us keeping our specific tribal identities? We already borrow across cultures and times. Will be become a new tribe - the Urbanites? And more importantly, will we be able to get good frybread in NYC?


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