The quiet crisis: mass eviction shows toll of homelessness on Native Americans

While LA, Seattle and New York regularly garner headlines over homelessness, the ongoing housing emergency on tribal lands is more hidden – but just as dire

To Jenece Howe, it seemed like an ordinary yard sale. But as she surveyed the items, arrayed on a patch of land on the Native American reservation, she paused. It appeared to her as if the contents of a home had simply been dumped outside. And the elderly women selling them looked distraught.

Soon Howe, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, learned the reason. The woman, and many others, had been evicted from a tribal housing complex. “It was horrible. Horrible. Families had lived there for 20 plus years. That was their home. That was their everything,” Howe said.

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