For decades, most American Indians have lived in cities, not on reservations or in rural areas. Still, scholars, policymakers, and popular culture often regard Indians first as reservation peoples, living apart from non-Native Americans. In this book, Nicolas Rosenthal reorients our understanding of the experience of American Indians by tracing their migration
to cities, exploring the formation of urban Indian communities, and delving into the shifting relationships between reservations and urban areas from the early twentieth century to the
With a focus on Los Angeles, which by 1970 had more Native American inhabitants than any place outside the Navajo reservation, ReImagining Indian Country shows how cities have
played a defining role in modern American Indian life and examines the evolution of Native American identity in recent decades. Rosenthal emphasizes the lived experiences of Native
migrants in realms including education, labor, health, housing, and social and political activism to understand how they adapted to an urban environment, and to consider how they
formed--and continue to form--new identities. Though still connected to the places where indigenous peoples have preserved their culture, Rosenthal argues that Indian identity must be
understood as dynamic and fully enmeshed in modern global networks.
Nicolas G. Rosenthal is assistant professor of history at Loyola Marymount University.
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