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American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month November 2004

 

NOVEMBER IS AMERICAN INDIAN / ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH!
During this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will join with other Federal departments and agencies, local government offices, national and local organizations, and interested individuals to recognize American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) contributions to the development and history of the United States.
A variety of health disparities affect AI/AN communities, including cancer, diabetes, environmental contamination, heart disease, injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, sudden infant death syndrome, vaccine-preventable diseases, and viral hepatitis. To address these disparities, CDC and ATSDR work with tribal governments, tribal organizations, urban Indian health centers, IHS, and other partners to provide funding and technical assistance to tribal governments and organizations. CDC and ATSDR also commit professional staff to positions in Indian country and work with IHS to strengthen AI/AN public health capacity. Additional information is available on the OMH AI/AN Population Page and from ATSDR.
Census Bureau estimates that 4.4 million people are American Indian and Alaska Native or American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with one or more other races as of July 1, 2003; they made up 1.5% of the total population.
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Cherokee and Navajo are the largest American Indian tribes (population 234,000 and 204,000 respectively); Eskimo is the largest Alaska native tribe (37,000 members).
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538,300 American Indians and Alaska natives alone or in combination with one or more other races live on reservations or other land trusts; 57% live in metropolitan areas, the lowest of any race group.
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1.3 million American Indian and Alaska Natives are children are under 18, nearly one-third of this race group; 305,500 American Indians and Alaska Natives are 65 and over, 7% of this population.
 
Sources:
In the preceding bullets, text is from The OMH Website
Some text and updated numbers were obtained from The Census Bureau Website
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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  CDC Office on Smoking and Health
  American Indians and Alaska Natives and Tobacco
  ATSDR Office of Tribal Affairs
Other Federal Government Resources
  Indian Health Service (IHS) AI/AN Heritage Month Events
  White House Presidential Proclamation
  White House Executive Order 13270: Tribal Colleges and Universities
  U.S. Census Bureau Facts on the AI/AN Population
  Bureau of Indian Affairs
  FirstGov for Tribal Governments and American Indians
  Indian Health Service
  Native American Resources on the Internet
  National Council of Urban Indian Health
  Social Security Online: American Indians and Alaska Natives
  Healthfinder: American Indians and Alaska Natives
  Medline Plus: Native American Health
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