Native Hubs Culture, Community, and Belonging in Silicon Valley and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0822340305
ISBN-13: 9780822340300
Edition: 2007
Authors: Renya K. Ramirez
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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144

Most Native Americans in the United States live in cities, where many find themselves caught in a bind, neither afforded the full rights granted U.S. citizens nor allowed full access to the tribal programs and resources--particularly health care services--provided to Native Americans living on reservations. A scholar and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Renya K. Ramirez investigates how urban Native Americans negotiate what she argues is, in effect, a transnational existence. Through an ethnographic account of the Native American community in California's Silicon Valley and beyond, Ramirez explores the ways that urban Indians have pressed their tribes, local institutions, and the federal government to expand conventional notions of citizenship. Ramirez's ethnography revolves around the Paiute American activist Laverne Roberts's notion of the "hub," a space that allows for the creation of a sense of belonging away from a geographic center. Ramirez describes "hub-making" activities in Silicon Valley, including sweat lodge ceremonies, powwows, and American Indian Alliance meetings, gatherings at which urban Indians reinforce bonds of social belonging and forge intertribal alliances. She examines the struggle of the Muwekma Ohlone, a tribe aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay area, to maintain a sense of community without a land base and to be recognized as a tribe by the federal government. She considers the crucial role of Native women within urban indigenous communities; a 2004 meeting in which Native Americans from Mexico and the United States discussed cross-border indigenous rights activism; and the ways that young Native Americans in Silicon Valley experience race andethnicity, especially in relation to the area's large Chicano community. A unique and important exploration of diaspora, transnationalism, identity, belonging, and community, "Native Hubs" is intended for scholars and activists alike.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Disciplinary Forces and Resistance: The Silicon Valley and Beyond
Gathering Together in Hubs: Claiming Home and the Sacred in an Urban Area
Laverne Roberts's Relocation Story: Through the Hub
Who Are the "Real Indians"? Use of Hubs by Muwekma Ohlones and Relocated Native Americans
Empowerment and Identity from the Hub: Indigenous Women from Mexico and the United States
"Without Papers": A Transnational Hub on the Rights of Indigenous Communities
Reinvigorating Indigenous Culture in Native Hubs: Urban Indian Young People
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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