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The Seeds of Red Power Take Root

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Indigenous peoples in New Mexico also contended with the US government’s proposed termination policies in the 1940s and ‘50s. These policies sought to end the government’s trust responsibility to tribal nations by dissolving their reservations and cutting off federal aid and funding. Simultaneously, the government designed the Urban Relocation Program, which encouraged young Native adults to move off reservations and into urban cities. For those who remained on the reservation, extractive industries like uranium and coal mining on Pueblo and Navajo land offered lucrative jobs, but they would have long-lasting, destructive health impacts.

Native people resisted these attempts at their assimilation and extermination by settler society. People from Laguna Pueblo who had moved into Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed the Laguna Colony of Albuquerque to maintain cultural practices away from their communities. Similarly, Native students established the KIVA Club at the University of New Mexico in 1952 to support Native students and be a voice for their concerns. There should be no surprise, then, that the Red Power Movement first originated in New Mexico.

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