Urban Rez

Urban Rez


“Native people came to cities looking for certain things that they needed – not to become like everybody else.” – Donald L. Fixico, Ph.D. (Shawnee/Sac & Fox/Muscogee Creek/Seminole)

Urban Rez explores the controversial legacy and modern day effects of the federal government’s assimilation policies that relocated American Indians from reservations to urban areas in order to end the Indian Reservation system. Firsthand experiences richly illustrate the Voluntary Relocation Program, which constituted the greatest upheaval of the American Indian population during the 20th century and how different generations from different tribes perceived their new urban landscape.

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Educational Resources: Viewer Discussion Guide; Educational Guide
Program Length:
57 minutes
Produced, Written and Edited by: Lisa D. Olken
Directed by: Larry Pourier (Lakota)
Director of Photography: Boots Kennedye (Kiowa)
Production Company: Rocky Mountain PBS
Format: DVD
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Public Broadcast Release: November 2013



Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.