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Old 03-10-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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You hear a lot about blacks, you hear a lot about Hispanics, you hear a lot about Asians...but you hear nearly nothing about American Indians.

Why is this? How is your community's / area's Native American population? Are they visible?

The local tribe is Ojibwe (Anishinaabe). The local college even teaches it. Duluth is about 2.5% Native American, making them the largest minority (92.7% of residents are white). There appears to be Native gang activity in the city.

An equal amount of Natives seem to live on rural reservations. There's the Fond du Lac Reservation about 20 miles west of town, which is highly rural. Cloquet, the nearest city, has a 12% Native American population.

There's also the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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There is a very few down here in the Twin Cities. In Minneapolis there is a small area on Hiawatha and Cedar called Little Earth of United Tribes which is basically a Affordable housing community for Natives.

Every once in a while ill see a Indian Reservation license plate on the freeway and at Vikings games i notice alot of Natives
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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There were quite a few in Seattle. Most of the tribes are relatively intact, compared with other regions... Makah, Salish, Nez Perce, Chehalis, Chinook, etc etc etc. There are a fair number of Native Americans who have moved into Seattle itself and are as well-integrated into the fabric of the city as anyone else, or who married someone of another race and moved there, as well as a surprising number of Natives who move from one of the surrounding tribes to look for work as laborers, builders, etc. We were taught a fair deal about them when I went to school there as a kid, and people in Seattle are generally pretty cognizant of their history.

Here in LA? Not so much. I've known a few people who were Navajo and moved here for work and school, but that's been most of it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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You hear a lot about blacks, you hear a lot about Hispanics, you hear a lot about Asians...but you hear nearly nothing about American Indians.

Why is this? How is your community's / area's Native American population? Are they visible?

The local tribe is Ojibwe (Anishinaabe). The local college even teaches it. Duluth is about 2.5% Native American, making them the largest minority (92.7% of residents are white). There appears to be Native gang activity in the city.

An equal amount of Natives seem to live on rural reservations. There's the Fond du Lac Reservation about 20 miles west of town, which is highly rural. Cloquet, the nearest city, has a 12% Native American population.

There's also the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation near Hayward, Wisconsin.
Not here in the South-Central......otherwise known as the Indian Nations! Quite visible in these parts if you know where to find 'em.

By nature and demeanor, NDNs prefer to be out of the limelight. They laugh, they play, they eat, they sing, they worship, and they do so perfectly fine and content within their own communities without a passing glance at the rest of the outside world around 'em.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUkJu5s_Ti4
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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hell yeah, the most marginalized people on the planet

it's they're land that dancin with the stars exists

they should be able to vote off everyone
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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This town is about 10% Alaska Native, and a lot more folks are part Native. The major groups in this general area are Ahtna, Alutiiq, and Eyak, and they own a good bit of land around here. A few of the larger local employers are Native Corporations and have preferential hiring practices, but plenty of non-Natives work for them too.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:57 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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There are many NAs here in Albuquerque in all walks of life.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:17 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Oddly I seemed to see less American Indians when I went to college. That's odd because with pretty much every other ethnicity college was more diverse than my life in a dinky small town.

I think one thing that makes American Indians "less visible" is that many of the more indigenous towns or cities are in states that the media largely ignores. Like the Dakotas, Montana, Oklahoma, or Wyoming. Even much of New Mexico or Arizona are comparatively ignored. Alaska gets some media attention for being "different" and "Northern Exposure" maybe had more Native Americans (Switching terms as they might have had Yupik, who are not American Indian but a people who arrived later, even if I don't recall that) than any TV show I can think of offhand. However it ended well over a decade ago.

Still I don't know that they're completely ignored. Diane Sawyer did a special on the Sioux that I still have on my DVR. I watched it, but decided to keep it as it was unusual.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:41 AM
 
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I live in the Black Hills. They are not forgotten and are probably the largest minority group here.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
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Duluth and the whole arrowhead region definitely has a lot of Native Americans there. The presence of the culture is quite noticeable and permeates throughout the whole general area. Where I live currently, there are pretty much no full Native Americans. Mostly white with a very significant Asian (specifically Korean) population.
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