There are a lot of assumptions about what life is like away from big cities. Some people wonder, outwardly or under their breath, why native people do not choose a "normal" life in "normal" society.
In every native town I have visited, in this country and others, I have found a common thread among native people: Like most of us, they value family and security, regardless of the challenges, wherever they are.
City life has its stresses, but natives choose where they live for reasons of family, security, freedom, faith and tradition.
Our connection to indigenous people is not through technology or email or cell phones, but through a common humanity and a choice to live where we do.