Native Americians Essay

314 WordsFeb 27, 20132 Pages
The median family income for American Indian and Alaska Natives is $44,347, as compared to $68,390 for non-Hispanic whites. Also, 28 percent of this racial group lives at the poverty level, as compared to 9.9 percent of non-Hispanic whites. Thirteen percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives age 25 and over have at least a bachelor’s degree, in comparison to 31 percent of non-Hispanic whites. Mental health services are not easily accessible to American Indians because of poor funding and staff shortages. When compared to other races, American Indian youth have a higher risk of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Native American young people are 2.5 times more likely to commit suicide than the population as a whole. Another study showed that within Native populations, young men are more likely to kill themselves. Forty-four percent of American Indians under age 65 do not have health coverage. Because many American Indian communities lack access to healthy food options, 1 in 3 American Indian children are obese. It's estimated that up to 70 percent of Native Americans will suffer some sort of mental disorder during their lifetime. Native Americans have alcohol dependency rates that are three times higher than the national average. Almost 20 percent of all Indian deaths are alcohol-related, compared with less than 5 percent for the general population. American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of diabetes of any ethnic group, 2.6 times the national average. Native Americans represent less than two percent of the U.S. population, but make up 8 percent of those who are homeless. Native American women are raped, abused, stalked and murdered more than any other group in the country. Domestic violence rates are so high in Indian populations that the federal government has enacted new laws and appropriated money specifically to address the

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