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Urban Indian Experience: Episode 4 - Surviving on a Shoe String

From: KUOW
Series: Urban Indian Experience
Length: 09:00

A group of Native American adults is trying to keep youth on the right track through an all-volunteer basketball league. Read the full description.

Chorizurbanindiansbasketball2_small More than half of the nation's American Indians live in cities. But only a fraction of federal funding for native services goes to cities. The result is an under-served population. A community where problems persist, even among 3rd and 4th generation urban Indians, who know no other life except the city. One group of adults is trying to keep youth on the right track through an all-volunteer basketball league. Their motto: "keep the kids on the court, to keep them out of court." The group is now trying to raise money to start a Native American Athletic Association.

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More than half of the nation's American Indians live in cities. But only a fraction of federal funding for native services goes to cities. The result is an under-served population. A community where problems persist, even among 3rd and 4th generation urban Indians, who know no other life except the city. One group of adults is trying to keep youth on the right track through an all-volunteer basketball league. Their motto: "keep the kids on the court, to keep them out of court." The group is now trying to raise money to start a Native American Athletic Association.