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Urban Voices: The Bay Area American Indian Community

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780816513161
Author(s): Susan Lobo
Format: Paperback
Year: 2002
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Dimensions: 191 x 243 x 12 (w x l x h)
Pages: 136

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California has always been America's promised land for American Indians as much as anyone. In the 1950s, Native people from all over the United States moved to the San Francisco Bay Area as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Program. Oakland was a major destination of this program, and once there, Indian people arriving from rural and reservation areas had to adjust to urban living. They did it by creating a cooperative, multi-tribal community not a geographic community, but rather a network of people linked by shared experiences and understandings. The Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland became a sanctuary during times of upheaval in people's lives and the heart of a vibrant American Indian community. As one long-time resident observes, 'The Wednesday Night Dinner at the Friendship House was a must if you wanted to know what was happening among Native people.' One of the oldest urban Indian organizations in the country, it continues to serve as a gathering place for newcomers as well as for the descendants of families who arrived half a century ago.
This album of essays, photographs, stories, and art chronicles some of the people and events that have played and continue to play a role in the lives of Native families in the Bay Area Indian community over the past seventy years. Based on years of work by more than ninety individuals who have participated in the Bay Area Indian community and as
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