In City Indian, Rosalyn R. LaPier and David R. M. Beck tell the
engaging story of American Indian men and women who migrated to
Chicago from across America. From the 1893 World's Columbian
Exposition to the 1934 Century of Progress Fair, American Indians
in Chicago voiced their opinions about political, social,
educational, and racial issues. City Indian focuses on the
privileged members of the American Indian community in Chicago who
were doctors, nurses, business owners, teachers, and entertainers.
During the Progressive Era, more than at any other time in the
city's history, they could be found in the company of politicians
and society leaders, at Chicago's major cultural venues and events,
and in the press, speaking out. When Mayor "Big Bill" Thompson
declared that Chicago public schools teach "America First,"
American Indian leaders publicly challenged him to include the true
story of "First Americans." As they struggled to reshape nostalgic
perceptions of American Indians, these men and women developed new
associations and organizations to help each other and to ultimately
create a new place to call home in a modern American city.