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Native American Firearm-Related Deaths per 100,000, Ages 0-19, IHS Areas, 1989-1998


Firearm-Related Deaths per 100,000 Population, Native Americans, Ages 019, IHS Areas, 19891998

 

IHS Area Death Rate
(per 100,000)
Percentile

Aberdeen

14.0

95-100

Alaska

26.5

95-100

Albuquerque

7.9

50-74

Bemidji

6.4

0-49

Billings

13.4

95-100

California

9.3

50-74

Nashville

4.3

0-49

Navajo

6.4

0-49

Oklahoma

7.4

50-74

Phoenix

13.2

95-100
 

Portland

9.0

50-74

Tucson

21.0

95-100

All IHS Areas Combined

10.3
 

 

United States Rate

6.9

 

 

Firearm-Related Age-Specific Death Rates19891998
Firearm-Related Age Specific Death Rates 1989-1998

Age Group (years)

Death Rate (per 100,000)

Under 1

0.0

1-4

0.8*

5-9

2.6

10-14

5.5

15-19

32.1

* Rates are based on fewer than 20 deaths and should be interpreted with caution.

 

SUMMARY

  • Firearm-related injuries caused the death of 524 Native American children and youth from 1989 to 1998.

  • Death rates were highest among teens 15 to 19 years of age.

  • Seventy-eight percent of all firearm-related deaths involved intentional use of the weapon.

  • Suicides accounted for 46% of the firearm-related deaths among Native American children and youth.

  • During the most recent period, 19971998, firearm-related death rates for black males were 1.5 times greater than rates for Native American males. Rates for Native American males were 2.7 times greater than rates for white males. Black females were 1.5 times more likely to die from firearm-related deaths than Native American females. Native American females rates were 1.6 greater than white female rates.

  • From 1989 to 1998, Native American firearm-related death rates increased by 13%.

  • The highest rate of firearm-related deaths among Native Americans occurred in the Alaska Area; the lowest occurred in Nashville.

Firearm-Related Death Rates per 100,000 Population19811998
Firearm-Related Death Rates per 100,000 Population19811998

Year

Native American Rate

Black Rate

White Rate

81-82

12.40

7.77

3.91

83-84

9.44

6.65

3.62

85-86

8.86

8.34

3.88

87-88

8.19

11.91

3.95

89-90

8.33

17.46

4.7

91-92

11.47

22.06

5.21

93-94

10.80

23.92

5.32

95-96

11.29

18.18

4.61

97-98

9.42

13.12

3.76

Firearm-Related Death by Type19891998

Firearm-Related Death by Type
19891998

Method Used

Frequency (%)

Homicide

31.9

Legal Intervention

0.6

Suicide

45.8

Unintentional

18.4

Undetermined Intent/Other

3.2

 

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