IamA Urban Indian aka “Native American” who grew up in the city. Here to answer your questions and dispel myths, AMA!
Hau reddit! I’m an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana. My dad is also Hopi from Second Mesa in Arizona but I was raised Assiniboine/Sioux on my mom’s side.
I never lived on our reservation but I have gone back several times a year since I was born, and was fully raised in my cultural traditions. Both my parents are from “the Rez”, and both hold very esteemed jobs in Indian Country regarding Tribal Healthcare.
I’m looking forward to answering your questions about my experiences and clearing up some common misconceptions about my people!
Along with my proof, I also want to make it clear that I do not speak for all Indians or even everybody in my tribe. These answers are all based off my own experiences and life so YMMV based off who you ask.
Edit: I was not expecting this to blow up so fast! Loving it! I am trying my hardest to get to all of your questions but there is so many! I promise I will try to get to all of them and any of the replies from others that I can. Hoping some of my friends at /r/IndianCountry can help provide their own insight and experiences.
Edit 2: Thank you to whoever gilded this post but please do not give your money to me or this website, please donate to organizations like Native American Rights Fund, American Indian College Fund, Indigenous Womens Resource Center, Stand With Standing Rock.