Native Americans in the United States
|American Indian and Alaska Native|
One race: 2.5 million
In combination with one or more other races: 1.6 million
|Regions with significant populations|
| United States|
(predominantly the Midwest and West)
Native American languages
|Native American Church|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Indigenous peoples of the Americas|
Native Americans in the United States (also known as Indians) 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, Choctaw, 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 six times more alcoholic than average.
References[change | change source]
- 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.
- 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."