Native Americans in the United States

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Native Americans
and Alaska Natives
Total population

American Indian and Alaska Native
One race: 2.5 million[1]
In combination with one or more other races: 1.6 million[2]

Regions with significant populations
 United States
(predominantly the Midwest and West)
Languages
American English
Native American languages
Religions
Native American Church
Protestantism
Sacred Pipe
Kiva Religion
Long House
Roman Catholicism
Russian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups
Other Indigenous peoples of the Americas

Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the areas of North America now part of the continental United States, including parts of Alaska. The Cherokee were the first Native Americans to be recognized as US citizens. In the 19th century white colonists called the Cherokee one of the Five Civilized Tribes. The others were Chicksaw, Chocktaw, Creek, and Seminole.

There are about 310 Indian reservations in the US. Most Native Americans do not live on a reservation anymore.

Native Americans are affected by some problems more than white Americans. For example Native Americans are alcoholic six times more often than average.

References[change | change source]

  1. U.S. Census Bureau. (2001–2005). Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics 2000: 2000 Census of Population and Housing. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2007-05-23.
  2. U.S. Census Bureau. (2001–2005). Profiles of General Demographic Characteristics 2000: 2000 Census of Population and Housing. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2007-05-23. "In combination with one or more of the other races listed." Figure here derived by subtracting figure for "One race (American Indian and Alaska Native)": 2,475,956, from figure for "Race alone or in combination with one or more other races (American Indian and Alaska Native)": 4,119,301, giving the result 1,643,345. Other races counted in the census include: "White"; "Black or African American"; "Asian"; "Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander"; and "Some other race."