Trey Kay, Marisa Helms Published

Indian Country Relocation: A One-way Ticket to Poverty


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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