October 25, 2021
November is Native American Heritage Month — a time to reflect on the contributions and celebrate the cultures of America’s Indigenous peoples. It’s also an opportunity to examine the present. Below are 11 facts about the lives of Native Americans in the U.S. today, based on data from U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Education, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the National Congress of American Indians.
That’s around 6 million Americans. Learn more.
This includes people who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. Oklahoma follows with 14%. Learn more.
The second most common affiliation is the Navajo Nation, with almost 420,000 Americans identifying as Navajo. Learn more.
By contrast, 33% of all Americans are similarly educated. Learn more.
In comparison, the national homeowner rate is 67%. Learn more.
Overall, 12% of Americans lived in poverty in 2019. Learn more.
This amounts to 24,433 American Indian- and Alaska Native-owned businesses nationwide. Learn more.
This is slightly lower than the total U.S. labor force participation rate (64%). The labor force includes people who are either working or actively looking for work. Learn more.
Overall, 6% of American children the same age lacked internet access at home. Learn more.
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