Event—Public Programming

FNFVF: "Urban Rez" and "This is Indian Land"


Urban Rez, Directed by Larry Pourier (Kiowa)

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.

Run time: 57 minutes

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Chicago Story

Film created by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to publicize the “success” of the relocation program in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Run time: 20:14

This is Indian Land

Directed by Sharon Okee-Chee Skolnick

Okee-Chee’s vision: A tribute to the American Indian Center, Chicago.

Run time: 35 minutes

This is the last film screening until the fall. The festival returns the first Saturday of every month from October 2019 to May 2020. Following the film, please join us for refreshments and a discussion with elders from Chicago’s American Indian community.