According to the 2010 U.S. Census only 22% of American Indians today live on reservations. This means that the vast majority of American Indians reside in metropolitan areas. We know ourselves as urban Indians, and the reasons we ended up in cities are many. Our status as city-dwellers makes for rich–if complex and often difficult–identities. We are among the least understood population in the United States. My goals for this blog are twofold: to explore what it means to be an urban Native, and to help raise the awareness of non-Natives about who we are as Native people, whether we live on reservations, in cities, or in other countries.
On this blog I contemplate the topics most important to me, in all their diversity. From indigenous politics and decolonization, to surfing and who knows what else in between, I hope my words will inspire, if not make you think about things you might not otherwise think about.
Everything on the site was written by me. It serves as an archive for much of my written work. Thanks for reading, and I hope that you get something of value from it, something perhaps worth sharing. And please feel free to comment!
Dina is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, and teaches American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos. A descendant of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies and a master’s degree in American Studies with a research focus on indigenous studies, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a veteran Indian artist, and dancer in the Native American Northern Traditional powwow tradition. As a freelance writer, she contributes to Indian Country Media Network, Native People’s Magazine, KCET Link TV, and numerous other outlets.