Scott Hall 316
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Dissertation Title: "Indigenous Suburbs: American Indian People, Policies, and Places, 1880-2010" As a PhD candidate, my research examines suburbs as historically Indian places with a particular focus on the suburbs of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Simultaneously my work also centers American Indian people as active participants in and integral to the suburbanization process, specifically as it unfolded throughout the mid-twentieth century. I use an interdisciplinary methodology, including quantitative data, archival records, and public perceptions of place/historical memory, to examine and think about American Indian in suburbs over time. In my work I pay close attention to both federal Indian policies of the twentieth century as well as federal housing policies at mid-century that spurred on and supported (white) suburbanization. My dissertation is composed of five major thematic and temporal areas that covers (1) Dakota and Ojibwe claims to space across the Twin Cities metro area, (2) labor and migration/movements of Indian people prior to Relocation, (3) the complicated processes of suburbanization at mid-century, (4) American Indian homeownership, and (5) other national examples of American Indian suburbanization (Oklahoma City, Denver, Chicago, and the Bay Area). I am an active participant of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Workshop on campus and am strongly committed to working with the local Native community.