Praise for City Indian

“A welcome addition to the robust field of studies of Indians in urban places.” – Sherry L. Smith, South Dakota History

City Indian is a most important addition to the literature on Native activism, the history of Indigenous representation, and urban history.” – Coll Thrush, Michigan Historical Review

“Mercifully, the fields of ethnohistory and Native American studies have recently witnessed an important movement of new scholarship on American Indian urbanization in the twentieth century that has begun revising the old narrative in impressive fashion. Rosalyn LaPier and David Beck’s City Indian not only makes an excellent contribution to this emerging trend; it also focusses on the turn of the twentieth century – easily the blurriest period in the history of Indigenous urbanization. Whereas a few recent studies have pushed the narrative of the urban Indian back to this period, this is the first to expand it into monograph length…. [S]cholars of not only the vital and maturing field of Indian urbanization, but also activism, education, labor, and modern Indigeneity, should consult this volume and add a copy to their shelves…. City Indian is a nice companion to Philip Deloria’s Indians in Unexpected Places.”–Douglas K. Miller, Journal of American Studies

“Rosalyn LaPier and David R.M. Beck . . . add to a growing literature on urban Indians’ experiences with their fine monograph City Indian.” – Paul C. Rosier, Anthropos

“[T]his is an enlightening study, that critically but fairly examines the achievements and failings of Indian and white peoples. And one with a message not just for historians, anthropologists, students and others interested in ethnic relationships, along with the history of a major city. But also for writers: clear, strong prose can powerfully convey the most complicated, changing, frustrating of human social, racial, and legal relationships.” – Michael C. Coleman, American Studies in Scandinavia

“A substantial contribution to emerging scholarship on Native Americans and cities that provides fresh insight and helps us understand the motivations, strategies, tensions, controversies, and triumphs that have characterized the work and lives of local and national Indian leaders.”—Nicolas G. Rosenthal, author of Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration and Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

City Indian covers an important and timely topic. This history of Indians in urban settings is currently under considerable and probing reconsideration. With this book Rosalyn LaPier and David Beck have shown how Native peoples in Chicago have determined their destinies.”—Brian Hosmer, H. G. Barnard Chair of Western American History and coeditor of Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in the History of American Indian Nation Building