This November marks the 25th celebration of Native American, or American Indian, & Alaska Native Heritage Month (called hereafter Native American). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated this year’s theme as “Native Families Moving Ahead: Together We Strengthen Our Nations”. The month of November was selected because of the number of American Indian & Alaska Native traditions associated with this time of year.

Learn more about Native Americans by visiting Health Power’s Native American/American Indian Channel, which includes:

–        Native American Recipes (try one)

–       The Native American Food Pyramid

–       About Alaska Natives

–       Quotes by Well Known & Unknown Native Americans

–       Key article on “Respect, Balance, Health & the 3 Sisters

–       Preventing Diabetes in Native Americans

–       Heart Disease Awareness in Native Americans Women

 
 
Statistics on Native Americans – 2010 and Later

All too often when we think of American Indians and Alaskan Natives, we think of caricatures rather than individuals. Many of us may not know someone personally who identifies as an American Indian or Alaskan Native. So this November, let’s move together by learning more about “The Original Americans”,   who were here long before any of us.

 

5.2 million

The nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race.

8.6 million

The projected population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race, on July 1, 2050.

15

Number of states with more than 100,000 American Indian and Alaska Native residents as of the 2010 Census.

29.0

Median age as of April 1, 2010, in years, for those who are American Indian and Alaska Native, and no other race.

334

Number of federal and state recognized American Indian reservations in 2010.

565

Number of federally-recognized Indian tribes.

557,185

The number of American Indian and Alaska Native families in 2010.

28%

Percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home, compared with 21 percent for the nation as a whole.

77%

The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma, GED or alternative credential.

41%

Among American Indians and Alaska Natives 25 and older who have a bachelor’s degree, the percentage whose degree is in science and engineering, or related fields.

156,515

The number of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

29.2%

The percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives who lacked health insurance coverage.

$35,062

The median income of American Indian and Alaska Native households.

28.4%

The percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives that were in poverty in 2010.

 

 For More Information:
 

 American Indian Heritage Month

 

University of North Carolina – American Indian Center

 

National Congress of American Indians

 

U.S. Census Bureau, American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010

 

U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, November 2011

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Services