Houston Matters

Native Americans In Houston: An Invisible Minority?

We learn what struggles today’s Native Americans are facing that we have maybe overlooked as a society. We talk with local activist Chance Landry and former long-time Houstonian Lawrence Sampson about their experiences.

Native Americans are intrinsically tied to our country’s history, given that they were already settled here when the first colonists came from Europe to found a new nation. And throughout that history, these indigenous Americans faced severe prejudice and violence that eventually forced them into a number of small, sequestered reservations as the United States expanded its territory.

In the present, some members of the community almost feel like an invisible minority, however, despite this well-known, fraught history. In light of recent events that have highlighted issues in the black and latino communities, what are the struggles today’s Native Americans are facing that we have maybe overlooked as a society? We talk with local activist Chance Landry and former long-time Houstonian Lawrence Sampson about their experiences.

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