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Indian Country Relocation: A One-way Ticket to Poverty

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Max Nesterak
Tribal leaders from Leech Lake and Red Lake erect a tipi at the site of a former homeless encampment in Minneapolis, called the "Wall of Forgotten Natives," to protest the lack of housing and shelter for Native people.

North America’s early experiences with Us & Them come from our history with indigenous people. In the 19th century, a nascent U.S. government used treaties with Native tribes and nations to take land and resources. Those treaties relocated Native people to reservations. More than a century later, from 1950 - 1970, U.S. programs were still moving people around.

Approximately 100,000 Native Americans were part of what one U.S. official called a “one way ticket from rural to urban poverty.” 

In this episode of the podcast, Trey speaks with reporter Max Nesterak about his American Public Media documentary, “Uprooted: The 1950s Plan To Erase Indian Country.”

 

 

Other recommended listening on this topic includes Max Nesterak's audio documentary “Uprooted: The 1950s Plan To Erase Indian Country.”

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