indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439   fax: 202 318 2182
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Native Americans still poorest in United States
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Income levels have risen and poverty rates have stabilized but Native Americans remain the poorest in the nation, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday.

From 2004 to 2005, the average American household earned $46,326, an increase of 1.1 percent. It was the first time since 1999 that the median household income rose, the Census said.

But incomes for American Indian and Alaska Native homes remained well below the rest of the nation. Based on a three-year average from 2003 to 2005, the median income was $33,627, lower than incomes for white, Asian and Hispanic households.

Only African-American households, with a median income of $31,140, ranked below Native households.

Turning to poverty, 2005 marked the first time that poverty rates have not risen. For four consecutive years, the Census has reported an increase in the number of Americans living below the poverty line.

Despite the stabilization, there are still 37 million people, or 12.6 percent of the population, and 7.7 million families in poverty. Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, the picture was much worse.

According to a three-year average of data, 25.3 percent of Native Americans are living in poverty. This was actually a slight increase from the 24.3 percent that the Census reported in its last report on income and poverty.

The figure translated to 537,00 American Indians and Alaska Natives who were below the poverty line. As defined by the Office of Management and Budget, the poverty threshold for a family of four in 2005 was $19,971; for a family of three, $15,577; for a family of two, $12,755; and for unrelated individuals, $9,973.

The report, "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005," also contained figures on health insurance coverage. The Census said the number of people with and without insurance rose from 2004 to 2005.

Nearly 30 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives, or about 661,000 people, were uninsured, according to the data. This was statistically unchanged from figures released last year.

Only Hispanics had a higher uninsured rate of 32.7 percent, again the same as the year prior.

The Census used to count people whose only source of care was the Indian Health Service as insured. But since 1988, IHS-only patients are considered uninsured.

"The effect of this change on the overall estimates of health insurance coverage was negligible," the report stated.

The figures released yesterday were open to interpretation by Democrats and Republicans. Democratic leaders said it was proof that President Bush's administration hasn't done anything to improve the lives of Americans.

Republicans said immigrants are to blame for the lack of significant improvement. But people who weren't born in the United States still had higher income levels and higher rates of insurance coverage than Native Americans.

Relevant Documents:
Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2005 | Press Release: Income Climbs, Poverty Stabilizes, Uninsured Rate Increases

Census Bureau Data:
Income | Poverty | Insurance

Relevant Links:
U.S. Census Bureau - http://www.census.gov

Related Stories:
Census Bureau update provides look at Indian Country (8/16)
Editorial: Improving the census count on reservations (04/04)
Census heads to Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation (03/16)
Census Bureau report presents Natives (2/14)
Poorest county in U.S. is home to reservation (12/01)
Poverty in Indian Country still higher than average (08/31)
Native American population on the rise in U.S. (08/12)
Census Bureau to conduct field test on reservation (06/17)
Native children living in poor, single-parent homes (03/19)
Harvard study tracks decade of Indian Country progress (1/10)
Data shows little change in economic status under Bush (08/27)
Census challenges help tribes win more federal funds (03/02)
Dozens of tribes challenging 2000 Census numbers (12/16)
Recession affects poverty rates and income levels (09/29)
Recession hits poverty and income levels (09/25)
Census ordered to release adjusted count (11/15)
Census 'error' could cost states millions (10/18)
Census paints new picture of Indian Country (3/13)
Redistricting to be based on raw Census data (3/7)
Census recommends no adjustment (3/2)
Census estimates show improvement (2/15)
Report warns of Census undercount (2/12)
Reservation counties among poorest (11/24)
Census: Native Americans among poorest (9/27)
Census reports on uninsured Natives (0/02)
Census: Native Americans among poorest (9/27)
National, state poverty data (9/27)
Most reservations miss Census target (09/20)
Tribal response rates: 1990-2000 (9/20)
Report: Native buying power increases (9/8)
Native purchasing power by state (9/8)
Native population on the rise (08/31)
Census data by state (08/31)
Reservations respond to Census (4/20)

Copyright 2000-2006 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Tribes walk out of contract support cost meeting (8/29)
Steven Newcomb: NFL mascot a symptom of deeper problem in US (8/29)
Energy boom linked to rise in human trafficking in Indian Country (8/29)
Navajo man heads up Native American Homelessness Task Force (8/29)
Las Vegas Paiute Tribe rejected 'gift' from NFL team's foundation (8/29)
DNA study finds distinct population of Native people in Arctic area (8/29)
Tribes closely watching Big Lagoon Rancheria casino land dispute (8/29)
Tohono O'odham Nation to build off-reservation casino in phases (8/29)
State questions Forest County Powatatomi Tribe's slot machines (8/29)
Quapaw Tribe eyes local support for commercial casino in Kansas (8/29)
Native Sun News: Police officers who shot Indian teen get medals (8/28)
Cara Cowan Watts: Laying the groundwork for college scholarship (8/28)
Rudolph Ryser: Indigenous nations need leverage to bring change (8/28)
DOI extends $100M in Cobell buy-back offers on two reservations (8/28)
Cobell buy-backs could return over 38K acres to tribe in Montana (8/28)
Five-year-old Navajo boy sent home from school for his long hair (8/28)
Three charged with murder for death of Mississippi Choctaw man (8/28)
Lummi Nation seeks cooperation after ruling in treaty rights case (8/28)
Artist Gregg Deal takes on Indian mascots for performance piece (8/28)
Sports announcer won't use Washington NFL team's name on air (8/28)
Recruiter from Spokane Tribe's college selected for Peirone Prize (8/28)
California tribes support release of water to benefit salmon runs (8/28)
Southern Ute Tribe invests $2B in big energy production system (8/28)
County hires lobbying firm to oppose federal recognition reforms (8/28)
Tohono O'odham Nation breaks ground for off-reservation casino (8/28)
Cherokee Nation starts construction on casino at Indian allotment (8/28)
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe responds to opponents in casino suit (8/28)
Jamul Band continues work on $360M casino after victory in court (8/28)
Editorial: Forest County Potawatomi Tribe ups ante in casino feud (8/28)
Ho-Chunk Nation launches outreach effort amid casino expansion (8/28)
Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments over gaming initiative (8/28)
Tim Giago: Greedy lawyers and government ruin Cobell settlement (8/27)
Native Sun News: Facility in Montana set to house Indian inmates (8/27)
Gerald Gipp: National strategy needed to reform Indian education (8/27)
9th Circuit won't stop repatriation of Kumeyaay Nation ancestors (8/27)
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation puts youth to work for summer (8/27)
Gabe Galanda: Academia won't tackle tribal disenrollment issue (8/27)
Misty Lynn Ellingburg: 'Four Winds' is a literary magazine for us (8/27)
Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year (8/27)
DOJ awards grants to address violence in Bakken energy region (8/27)
Another pipeline spills saltwater on reservation in North Dakota (8/27)
Navajo voters oust incumbent president Ben Shelly in primary (8/27)
Once rival factions of Chukchansi Tribe agree to 2015 election (8/27)
Three brothers on the ballot for Passamaquoddy Tribe election (8/27)
Daily Beast: Border Patrol runs free on Tohono O'odham Nation (8/27)
KTOO: Cook Inlet Tribe turns to video game to represent culture (8/27)
Former IHS information security officer convicted for child porn (8/27)
Crow Reservation murder defendant to make court appearance (8/27)
Texas authorities seek information about skull at Goodwill store (8/27)
Cherokee Nation police find man who disappeared 37 years ago (8/27)
9th Circuit sets oral arguments in Big Lagoon Rancheria dispute (8/27)
Forest County Potawatomi Tribe cuts gaming payment to state (8/27)
State raises concerns about Chumash Tribe's casino expansion (8/27)
Cowlitz Tribe sees setback in infrastructure plan for casino site (8/27)
Native Sun News: Tribes take on Air Force over expansion plan (8/26)
Charles Trimble: Pine Ridge -- the Hollywood of Indian Country (8/26)
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois on both sides for War of 1812 (8/26)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.