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[usually in singular] A North American Indian reservation or reserve:‘he is a Navajo who grew up on the rez in Ganado’
- ‘The day before my last at the res, I got to do a traditional sweat.’
- ‘Ian lived here in Missoula for a few years while he did his research on his book, The Rez - about Indian reservation life (perhaps one of the few natural resources still remaining in this state).’
- ‘More than escapism, it provides youth with a sense of belonging and camaraderie, a means of achieving some sort of victory, an opportunity to explore life off the rez.’
- ‘It's hard to imagine reservation life if you've never been to a rez yourself, and images from films like Smoke Signals only provide snapshots of places thousands of young Native Californians call home.’
- ‘Father Stone drove the twenty miles from the nearest off-rez town, eastward on the spruce- and swamp-lined two-lane county road that dead-ended at the rez.’
- ‘But despite all of this - or perhaps because of it - basketball is played on the rez and played very well.’
- ‘We have oil on our land and casinos, but on the Rez back home, most people who get money don't do anything with it.’
- ‘When I visit the rez, I am an outsider ... so I get treated with some suspicion.’
- ‘Real Indian humor is something in your community or your home, and the funniest people are maybe your uncle, or a cab driver, or someone on the rez.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation of reservation.
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