- There are 565 federally-recognized tribes in 35 states in the Unites States.
- US Census Bureau statistics estimate that about 1.5 percent of the US population – around 4.5 million individuals – self-identifies American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) descent. Of these, an estimated 1.9 million are eligible for federal services.
- Suicide rates are more than double, and Native teens experience the highest rate of suicide of any population group in the United States.
American Indian Movement (AIM), the Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards:
- The IHS estimates that historically, annual Congressional appropriations have only met 52 percent of American Indian and Alaska Natives’ health care needs (IHS Fact Sheet).
- Diabetes incidence is 177 percent higher, with the highest rate of type 2 diabetes of any specific population in the U.S.
- Tuberculosis incidence is 500 percent higher.
No One Held Accountable For Native Kids Harassed At South Dakota Hockey Game
Racism at Core of Native Teen Suicides in Pine Ridge:
"At least 11 children between the ages of 12 and 17 committed suicide in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, from December 2014 to April 2015. The heartbreaking details vary from child to child, but their families and this community--in the newly renamed Oglala Lakota County--feel the voids left by their absences just as deeply each and every time.
Between December 1 and March 23, Pine Ridge Hospital treated 241 patients under 19 who actively planned, attempted or committed suicide. These numbers don't account for unreported cases or for those who were treated in neighboring counties. At this rate, 37 young people in a county that only has 5,393 inhabitants under 18 will be gone by the end of 2015. Moreover, statistics from Pine Ridge Indian Health Services show teen suicide numbers have gradually increased over the last seven years. In the same four-month period last year, for example, there were no suicides in Pine Ridge. In 2012, only one."
Remembering Wounded Knee (From the Denver Post):
On December 29, 1890 members of the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment opened fire on hundreds of Lakota (Sioux) men, women and children.
The canister shot produced a fan shaped spread of thirty lead balls, and was particularly devastating at close range.
Four of these were used at Wounded Knee.