The Big Read - Screening, Urban Rez

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September 27, 2022
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Co-hosted by NMPBS and Santa Fe Public Library as part of the Big Read.

The Big Read program aims to help readers focus on and celebrate a particular work throughout the course of several months. In the case of Santa Fe and its three library branches across town, that work will be There, There, the debut novel from Oakland-based Cheyenne/Arapaho writer Tommy Orange, a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts.

The 2018 book tells the multi-generational tale of numerous Indigenous characters, all of whom are headed to the Big Oakland Powwow for their own reasons.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest

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"Native people came to cities looking for certain things that they needed - not to become like everybody else." - Donald L. Fixico, Ph.D. (Shawnee/Sac & Fox/Muscogee Creek/Seminole) Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy and modern day effects of the federal government's assimilation policies that relocated American Indians from reservations to urban areas in order to end the Indian Reservation system. Firsthand experiences richly illustrate the Voluntary Relocation Program, which constituted the greatest upheaval of the American Indian population during the 20th century and how different generations from different tribes perceived their new urban landscape. Visit to purchase this and other titles

Urban Rez

Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy & modern-day effects of the US Government's assimilation policy to dismantle the Indian Reservation system by relocating American Indians from their rural homelands to urban areas. Stories from many tribal nations speak to the challenges of maintaining one's own culture within the dominant society. Narrated by Moses Brings Plenty/ Lakota.

90 minutes


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    Laurel Wyckoff

    NMPBS Education and Outreach Manager


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    Andrea Quijada


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