An Installation about the Relocation of Native American Indians from the 1950's to the 1980's. The Termination and Relocation Acts of 1954 led to the largest movement of first nation native peoples in this country's history.
Details of Relocation Installation: Vinyl wall text, photographs of maps and books of archives of relocation mounted behind plexiglass and website shown on iPad.
Pages of the Rustbelt Legacy website showcasing documentary photographs of Relocation; a variety of tribes represented in Relocation workforce development training in Cleveland in the 1940's (a test case prior to the national Relocation) and a photograph of the American Indian Movement's takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1972, Many believe that AIM was able to form due to the "integration policy" of tribes during Relocation. When Cleveland-based Russel Means organized people representing a broad spectrum of first nation tribes into one cohesive organization, he attributed his early success as an unforeseen by-product of the policy of breaking up tribes and "integrating" them into various cities, far from their tribal homes.
Vinyl Wall Text of a Navajo quote regarding the impact of Relocation on their people. A page from website leading to Relocation Stories.
Details of Relocation Installation, a collaborative project. Archival Images © Cleveland Public Library Photographic Collection. Photographs of Cuyahoga County Archives maps and record books, © Mary Jo Toles.