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Indians on the MoveNative American Mobility and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century$
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Douglas K. Miller

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651385

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651385.001.0001

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They Always Come Back

They Always Come Back

Urban Indians’ Return to and Influence on a Changing Indian Country

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Indians on the Move

Douglas K. Miller

University of North Carolina Press

The story of Native American urbanization and the urban relocation program typically concludes with a generation of Native people either stuck on “skid row” or fighting for a way out through the “Red Power” movement. There was a different but equally important outcome, however, in that many Native people made successful transitions to urban life on their own terms, while many others returned to reservation or rural Native communities and saw new opportunities there while drawing upon urban experiences to make contributions to tribal economic and political initiatives. Virtually an entire generation of new Native American tribal leaders drew upon years of experience living in major urban areas where they gained a more intimate understanding of how settler economies, politics, and power networks functioned.

Keywords:   Native America, Red Power, urbanization, reverse relocation, tribal leadership, work, education, economy

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