Event—Public Programming

The City and The Reservation: Oneida Mobility and Indigenous Citizenship in Milwaukee and Chicago, 1920-1960


Reservation communities and U.S. cities have long been integrated parts of Indigenous social, political, and economic worlds. Oneidas in northeast Wisconsin, for instance, began migrating to Milwaukee and Chicago in large numbers during the first decades of the twentieth century. This presentation will highlight the many enduring ties between urban and reservation communities, in particular highlighting the history of urban Oneida leadership before and after the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, the period in which accounts of Indigenous urbanization often begin.