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Very few Native Americans are working for technology giant Google






Native Americans represent a very small percentage of the workforce at Google. Image from Google

Only 56 Native Americans worked at Google in 2015, the technology giant reported on Thursday.

The figure represents a slight improvement from 2014. Only 44 Native Americans worked at the company that year, according to Reuters.

Overall, American Indian and Alaska Native employees account for just 0.14 percent of the company's U.S. workforce.

"We saw encouraging signs of progress in 2015, but we’re still far from where we need to be," Nancy Lee, the vice president of People Operations at Google, wrote in a blog post.

Google's diversity efforts include the Google American Indian Network. The group has partnered with the National Congress of American Indians on efforts like Indigenous Mapping Day and has worked to ensure that Indian Country is accurately reflected in products like Google Maps.

In January, Apple disclosed that 271 Native Americans worked at the company in 2015. That accounts for 0.37 percent of its U.S. workforce.

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