West Obsessed: An Indigenous family’s struggle for housing

Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat discusses the experience of the Waukazoo family.


In this episode of West Obsessed, writer Julian Brave NoiseCat joins High Country News editors to explore the idea of Native Americans as the “first victims of gentrification,” and the experience of one family that exemplifies the struggle of modern-day displacement. The story of the Waukazoo family is an emotional tale that highlights structural inequities that affect the availability of housing in Indian Country, in both rural and urban areas.

“West Obsessed” is an occasional audio series produced in collaboration with KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, where the editors and writers of High Country News discuss stories about the American West and why they matter. Subscribe to the podcast on: Google Play, iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher.

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