Oakland InterTribal Friendship House marks 50 years

The InterTribal Friendship House is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend with a powwow and art auction.

The House was built in 1955 to accommodate for the relocation of Native Americans into the Bay Area. The federal government, in an attempt to assimilate and terminate tribes, moved people from across Indian Country to Oakland in the 1950s.

"Many came to town with little more than a bus ticket and didn't know what to do," Damion Willson, a Lakota/Seneca, told The Oakland Tribune.

Today, about 20,000 Native Americans live in Oakland alone, according to the House.

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American-Indian migration into Oakland recalled (The Oakland Tribune 4/24)

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