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Stereotype of the Month Entry

Another Stereotype of the Month entry:

The Grand Forks Herald
Posted on Tue, Jul. 02, 2002

COLUMNIST DORREEN YELLOW BIRD: California trip shatters stereotypes

Even though I have lived in many parts of this country, I believed that the northern Plains was the "real" Indian country after all, North Dakota is my home.

I believed the stereotype about California and thought it was reaffirmed by the recent story about the Native American woman and her two children who were the only members of a remote California tribe and who were seeking permission to build a multimillion-dollar casino. Many of us in North Dakota believed that most of the Native people in California had been sent there through a federal relocation program that began in the 1950s.

Rob's comment
See Field Trip Proves California's Indians Are Alive and Dancing for a partial response. For more on Yellowbird's prejudice against Eastern Indians, go to Pequots Are "Opportunists," Not Indians Regaining Culture.

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