indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Native children living in poor, single-parent homes
Friday, March 19, 2004

American Indian and Alaska Native children in single-parent homes are more likely to live in poverty than any other racial or ethnic group, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week.

Of Native American children in mother-only homes, 50 percent lived below the poverty level in 1999. This was the highest poverty rate among all minority groups, and it was nearly twice the rate for White children in similar homes.

Of Native children in father-only homes, 32.8 percent lived below the poverty level in 1999. Again, this was the highest rate among minorities and it was more than twice the rate for White children in similar homes.

Poverty was less prevalent for American Indian and Alaska Native children in married couple homes. Yet even in these homes, 18.5 percent lived below the poverty level, a rate surpassed only by Hispanic children. But it was also more than four times the poverty rate for White children.

And for Native children living with neither parent, 38.3 percent lived below poverty, a rate comparable to African-American and Hispanic children in similar households.

The data was found in "Children and the Households They Live In: 2000," a special report released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday. The report examined family and living patterns for American children.

Of the nearly 72 million children in the United States in 2000, 1.1 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native. According to the report, large numbers of Native children lived in homes with someone other than their parents -- a grandparent, foster parent or other relative, for example

"There were notably high concentrations along the Mississippi Valley and in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Alaska which had relatively high proportions of American Indian and Alaska Native populations," the report said. "Cultural traditions about living arrangements and extended families may partly explain why a large percentage of children in these areas lived in households maintained by people other than their parents."

Of the 790,000 Native children in 2000, nearly half of them lived in a married couple home, according to the report. Another 30 percent lived in a mother-only homes while another 10 percent lived in father-only homes. Another 10 percent lived with neither parent.

Putting these numbers with the poverty levels, this meant that nearly a third of all American Indian and Alaska Native children lived in poverty. Of this amount, about 73,000 were in married couple homes, about 118,500 were in mother-only homes, about 26,000 were in father-only homes and about 30,000 lived with neither parent.

Of all Native households, with and without children, 25 percent live in poverty, according to Census Bureau data.

Get the Report:
Children and the Households They Live In: 2000 (March 2004)

Related Stories:
Report notes 'crisis' facing urban Indian youth (12/04)
Recession affects poverty rates and income levels (09/29)
Recession hits poverty and income levels (09/25)
GAO: Welfare reforms miss Indian Country (07/15)
Reservation counties among poorest (11/24)
Census: Native Americans among poorest (9/27)

Copyright 2000-2004 Indianz.Com
More headlines...

Latest Headlines:

Deb Haaland 'ready to fight' as first Native American woman in halls of Congress
Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences to family of Code Talker Teddy Draper
Ponca Tribe faces roadblock with lawsuit challenging restoration of homelands
Native Sun News Today: Indigenous 'pray-in' takes aim at drilling in Alaska refuge
Suzan Shown Harjo: Offensive mascots belong in museums and history books
Rising Hearts activists claim victory with viral #GoRedhawks mascot campaign
YES! Magazine: Indigenous activist Gloria Lucas leads body positive movement
Quapaw Tribe paid $50,000 to senior Trump administration official for 'research'
Shooter at school near reservation frequented pro-Trump White supremacist sites
Omaha Tribe leaders and former leaders headed to trials for theft of federal funds
Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Native Sun News Today: Dakota prayer ride and walk puts focus on Keystone spill
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Why won't Donald Trump release his tax returns?
Robert Hill: President Trump has been insulting indigenous peoples for decades
Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation
White Mountain Apache Tribe refutes Facebook post about closure of ski resort
Stillaguamish Tribe puts casino name on arena in $3.4 million naming rights deal
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community shares more than $1.4 million in casino revenue
Mohegan Tribe pays a record $1 million in gaming fines for lapses in Pennsylvania
Native activists go viral with 'Redhawks' campaign aimed at team's racist mascot
Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend
Navajo Nation accusses Wells Fargo Bank of exploiting tribal citizens in new lawsuit
Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal
Former Shinnecock Nation official sentenced for cybercrime that derailed casino plan
Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
Albert Bender: Wisconsin police kill 14-year-old indigenous boy on his own homeland
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes the lead in embracing green energy solutions
Native Sun News Today: Family raises awareness after Lakota man dies in Rapid City
David Ganje: South Dakota must do more to protect ground water and surface water
Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community secures federal permit to manufacture tobacco
Soboba Band on track to finish fast-rising replacement gaming facility next summer
Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe
Supreme Court brings good news to Quapaw Tribe in restoration of homelands case
Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe in limbo as Supreme Court delays sovereignty dispute
House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills
Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
Dean Parisian: The answers to problems at Pine Ridge must come from Pine Ridge
Native Sun News Today: Tribes promise 'war' over gold mining in sacred Black Hills
Native Sun News Today Review: Book looks into heritage of activist Russell Means
Cronkite News: Republican resigns immediately after details of misconduct surface
YES! Magazine: Tribes lead battles against big oil projects in the Pacific Northwest
Gun Lake Tribe surpasses $100 million mark in gaming revenues shared in Michigan
Omaha Tribe fires back after being accused of mismanaging federal disaster funds
Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan launches historic campaign for governor of Idaho
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe joins heated debate over drug patents
YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
James Giago Davies: You can't break from the past until you admit you're stuck
Federal jury returns guilty verdict for brutal murder of woman on Crow Reservation
Eastern Cherokees cheer high school football team at state championship game
Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington
Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
Montaukett Indian Nation denied a second time as governor vetoes recognition bill
Leech Lake Band breaks ground on replacement casino with help from fellow tribe
Tohono O'odham Nation celebrates start of work on $400 million permanent casino
Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences after three students die in school shooting
>>> 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.