Urban Rez

Urban Rez

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:00pm

Photo by Walt Pourier (Lakota) & Vision Maker Media

Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy and modern-day repercussions of the Urban Relocation Program (1952-1973), the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. During the documentary, dozens of American Indians representing tribal groups from across the West recall their first-hand experiences with relocation, including the early hardships, struggles with isolation and racism.

Interviewees also speak about the challenges of maintaining one's own tribal traditions — from language to hunting — while assimilating into the larger society. Actor, musician and Oglala Lakota member Moses Brings Plenty narrates this insightful film about this seldom-told chapter in American history. Urban Rez airs Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-World.