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Native American Shocking Statistics

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Native American households are among the most economically disadvantaged in the United States.

The median income of a Native American household was $31,600, compared to $44,700 for the U.S. population as a whole.

In 2003, 49 percent of work-eligible Native Americans were unemployed

Of the 51 percent who were employed, 32 percent earned income below the poverty line.

Overall, 25 percent of Native Americans live in poverty, compared to nine percent for the U.S. white population.

Although gaming operations have become an increasingly important source of revenue and employment for tribes and their members, a large percentage of Native Americans continue to suffer from difficult economic conditions.

Source: 2000 U.S. Census

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