Welcome to Lawrence? Native space in the heart of Indian country

Authors: Taylor Hall*, University of Kansas
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Indigenous peoples, Indigenous in the city, right to the city, settler colonialism, urban planning
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 51
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Urban history and their environments have been ardent to exclude Indigenous peoples from the boundaries, relegating their existence to reservations or ignoring it all together, despite Indigenous peoples' role in the urban experience in the US and abroad throughout settler colonialism. Previous research has found the colonial state has had an obstinate time reckoning with Indigenous people in the city because that recognition brings into question land title and power, and that Indigenous people experience the city much differently than their peers. My research, though still in the proposal phase, seeks to understand the contemporary experience of Indigenous students in the college town of Lawrence. Lawrence, Kansas is a prime space to understand the experience of Indigenous peoples in a new city. Its sizable shifting population of Indigenous students at Haskell Indian Nations University annually experiencing the city anew; the city, purposely or not, failing to create a dialogue with this population; and the turbulent relationship between Lawrence and Haskell that has been recorded and researched by various fields. My research differs in I attempt to bring in the geographic and urban dimensions. My research question: how relationships between the city of Lawrence and the Indigenous students of Haskell Indian Nations University manifesting geographically (spaces of inclusion and exclusion) and how/why Indigenous students of varying familiarity with the city navigate that geography? Because this is a proposal poster, I aim to create discussion and am open to suggestions to help me on my project.

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