A Place Made of Sorrow?
Narratives of declension and suffering have dominated histories and even popular memories of the Indian urban relocation experience. While negative consequences certainly overwhelmed many people’s experiences, and while the federal government was certainly derelict in its duty and dishonest in its promise, many Native American urban migrants achieved lives marked by dynamism, resiliency, audibility, visibility, and improved living standards. To obscure these important outcomes might be to unwittingly perpetuate another problematic story of Indians being swindled by settler powers. Native urban migrants incorporated urbanity into their futures. They chose to expand their worlds and spheres of influence, and not embalm them. Ultimately, we can see Indian urbanization as an empowering story.
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