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Old 03-13-2009, 06:19 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I think it survives the most in the Great Plains and Southwest.

How strong is the Native culture in your area?
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It's strongest in Oklahoma. That's where most of the American Indians were removed under Andrew Jackson's reign of terror. Surprisingly, despite the government's attempts to destroy native cultures, most notably with the Dawes Act of 1906, many of the American Indians still hold onto considerable amounts of their own culture, including the language. Also, OU has a pretty strong program in Indian history and culture, and they focus on preservation within the local groups. Many of Oklahoma's American Indians identify with their tribal nation long before they'll identify with either the United States or Oklahoma. Their automotive license plates are even issued under their Indian nation and not by the state of Oklahoma.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I don't get a very strong sense of it in Colorado at all. When I lived in Minnesota it was much more prevalent, but perhaps it's because in CO the tribes are located further south of Denver and not so much up around Fort Collins?
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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Native American culture is relatively visible in my part of New York. The Iroquois flag flies in the city center. We have a reservation to the south of our city just outside of the city limits. There are also reservations throughout New York. A lot of NY Indians (though not all) do not consider themselves citizens of the United States. They even travel internationally on their own passports. Because there are a lot of unresolved land claims and tax issues, it's always in the news every few weeks. The Oneida Indians run one of the biggest casinos in NY so they are a large employer and are proud of their culture. In some places in NY, the Native American- non Native local relations are better than they are in other places. It is very complicated. They were here first, they are here to stay and we have to learn how to live side by side.

Personally, I am glad to live in a place where there are Native Americans standing up for their rights and culture. It is another part of why NY is so diverse. They should be given back some of their authority.
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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My dad is from OK and obviously it's very strong there. I always see lots of Native Americans and Native American culture. I'm around 1/8th Native American
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:06 AM
 
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Minneapolis has the largest, urban Native American population in the country. The American Indian Movement (AIM) began in Minneapolis.

There are 7 Anishinaabe (Chippewa, Ojibwe) reservations and 4 Dakota (Sioux) communities in Minnesota. Below is a list of these reservations:

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
Fond Du Lac Reservation
Grand Portage Band of Chippewa Indians
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Lower Sioux Indian Community
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Prairie Island Indian Community
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community
Upper Sioux Community
White Earth Reservation


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Old 03-13-2009, 12:13 PM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA CITY
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25 american indian languages spoken here, most of any state. 67 Native American tribes are represented in Oklahoma, including the greatest number of tribal headquarters and 39 federally recognized nations.

[SIZE=2]627,600 [/SIZE] [SIZE=2]The number of California residents who reported as American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with one or more races in Census 2000, making the Golden State the state with the highest number of such people. Oklahoma was next, with 391,900. These two states also ranked first and second in number of residents who reported as American Indian and Alaska Native alone, with 333,300 and 273,200, respectively. [/SIZE] [SIZE=2]http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/cb01cn64.html[/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]19% [/SIZE] [SIZE=2]Percentage of Alaska's population who reported as American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with one or more races in Census 2000. Alaska led all states, followed by Oklahoma and New Mexico, each at 11percent, and South Dakota, at 9 percent. Sixteen percent of Alaska's population was American Indian and Alaska Native alone, also tops in the nation, followed by New Mexico (10 percent) and South Dakota and Oklahoma(8 percent each). Census Bureau News (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2001/cb01cn64.html - broken link)[/SIZE]



[SIZE=2]10% [/SIZE] [SIZE=2]Percentage of Anchorage, Alaska, residents who in Census 2000 reported as American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with one or more races. Among cities of 100,000 or more, Anchorage edged out Tulsa, Okla. (8percent). Other high ranking cities were Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (6 percent), Albuquerque, N.M. (5 percent) and Green Bay, Wisconsin (4 percent). As to the proportion of those who reported as American Indian and Alaska Native alone, Anchorage led, with 7 percent, followed again by Tulsa (5 percent), Albuquerque (4 percent), Oklahoma City (4 percent) and Green Bay (3 percent). http://www.census.gov/Press?Release/www/2001/cb01cn64.html (broken link)[/SIZE]
Native American Statistics

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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In New Mexico - The Native American culture is really strong.

In total, there are around 34 different Native American tribes living in New Mexico with the largest Native American group -The Navajo - having part of its 'nation' in NW New Mexico.

Casinos in the state of New Mexico are either attached to race tracks, 'racinos' or owned and operated on Native Land.

The Native American casinos here are multibillion dollar investments which look and feel top-notch.

The largest city in the state, Albuquerque (metro about 835,000)Albuquerque, New Mexico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has Native American reservations 'blocking the city' on three sides (Sandia Mountains surround the city on the East). All of these reservations have very large casinos bringing in money, tourists and performing acts to the state.

Overall, there are roughly 187,142 Native Americans living in the NM (out of almost 2 million state wide) New Mexico QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau.

I would argue that the Native population plays a large role in New Mexico.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Minneapolis has the largest, urban Native American population in the country. The American Indian Movement (AIM) began in Minneapolis.

Thanks for this info; I had no idea the Native presence was so strong in MN.

There's a good case that Alaska is pretty close to #1 on this list.

Also the other Pac NW states should be considered. But Oklahoma is probably my vote for #1.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:32 PM
 
Location: 96820
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I think it survives the most in the Great Plains and Southwest.

How strong is the Native culture in your area?
The King is dead, long live the Queen.
Hawaii is the only U.S. state that was once a kingdom with its own monarchy. The only real royal palaces in the United States are in Hawaii.
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