Did you know: Statistics relating to Native populations nationwide and statewide
Wisconsin has 11 federally recognized tribes
6.7 million: American Indians and Alaska Natives, including more than one race. (2 percent of the total population in 2016.)
573 federally recognized Indian tribes.
52.9 percent of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native householders owned their own home in 2016. This is compared to 63.1 percent of the overall population.
Businesses and jobs
27,585: American Indians and Alaska Natives owned “employer firms” in 2015.
27.2 percent of civilian-employed, single-race American Indian and Alaska Native people, 16 and older, worked in management, business, science and arts occupations in 2016.
19.2 percent of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives lacked health insurance coverage in 2016. For the nation as a whole, it was 8.6 percent.
79.9 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives alone or in combination, 25 and older, earned at least a high school diploma, GED certificate or alternative credential in 2016. In addition, 14.5 percent obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher. In comparison, 87.5 percent of the overall population, 25 and older, had a high school diploma or higher, and 31.1 percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher.
$39,719 median household income of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native households in 2016. This compares to $57,617 for the nation as a whole.
26.2 percent of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives who were in poverty in 2016, the highest rate of any racial group. For the nation as a whole, the poverty rate was 14 percent.
86,288: Native Americans living in Wisconsin, alone and in combination of more than one race.
11 federally recognized tribes. 1 tribe, Brothertown in eastern Wisconsin, seeks to restore its federal recognition.
655,777: Number of acres of tribal lands in Wisconsin.
Quick Facts on Health
63: The average age of death for American Indians, compared to 77 for the state’s majority population.
4*: Number of times Native Americans in Wisconsin are more likely to die from diabetes than whites will die from diabetes. (*Nearly four)
12.3: Rate of suicide per 100,000 Wisconsin residents, second to suicide rate for whites, which is 13.3 per 100,000 residents.
34: Average age of American Indians, compared to 37 for the state
Ho-Chunk Nation Suicide Prevention
Efforts began in 2011 with a push to create community action toward suicide prevention. This youth-led, adult-guided work services 857 Ho-Chunk youth in various locations. The annual Prevent Suicide Conference is the pinnacle of the program. Lanette Walker, director of the Ho-Chunk Youth Services Division, says the overarching goal is to “build a better foundation for people of all ages to deal with suicide.”
Oneida Nation Dementia Care
The program seeks to educate Oneida community members and create a dementia friendly tribe and community. A highlight of the program is the Memory Cafe, where patients and their caregivers gather socially and partake in activities in a judgment-free zone. Debra Miller, Oneida Health’s Tribal Dementia Care Specialist, says the cafe builds support and gives attendees a time to reminisce.
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