Chicago Indian Village

Virgil J. Vogel Research and Personal Papers, Box 17, Folder 13, Newberry Library.

In the late spring of 1970, a group of American Indians set up an encampment behind Wrigley Field. Led by Indian activist Mike Chosa, the Chicago Indian Village (CIV) protested against inadequate housing and social services for Chicago's 15,000 American Indians. The following summer, Chosa led a group of fifty men, women, and children in a two-week occupation of an abandoned parcel of government land at Belmont Harbor. Evicted from the site, they took refuge at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. Later in 1971, the CIV occupied government land near Lemont, Illinois. As this CIV flyer illustrates, Chosa used the occupations to generate leverage with government agencies that he hoped would provide funds for social services.

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Source:
Ayer Modern MS Vogel, Box 17, Folder 13
Date:
ca. 1970
Subjects:
Indians of North America
Places:
Chicago (Ill.)
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