Housing & Infrastructure:
* The prevalence of methamphetamine (ME) use among American Indians and Native Alaskans (AI/NAs) is strikingly high in comparison to other ethnic groups in the U.S
Almost 12 percent of the deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related — more than three times the percentage in the general population, a new federal report says.
*Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average.
MORE STATISTICS ON NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH:
*16 percent of students at Bureau of Indian Affairs schools in 2001 reported having attempted suicide in the preceding 12 months.
*8.4 percent of Native children are in foster care.
*Violence, including intentional injuries, homicide and suicide account for 75% of deaths for American Indian youth age 12-20.
*High school dropout rates are double the national average over 50 percent in states with the highest Native populations.
*Death rates are 2 to 5 times the rate of Whites in the same age groups resulting from higher levels of suicide and a variety of risky behaviors.
*Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death and 2.5 times the national rate for youth in the 15-24 age group.
*22% of females and 12% of males reported to have attempted suicide in the past year.
CURRENT STATISTICS FOR THE PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION IN SOUTH DAKOTA:
Pine Ridge is the Poorest County in the United States.
*Rapid City, South Dakota, is the nearest town of size (population approximately 57,700) for those who can travel to find work. It is located 120 miles from the Reservation. The nearest large city to Pine Ridge is Denver, Colorado, located some 350 miles away.
+97% of the population lives far below the U.S. federal poverty line with a median household income ranging between $2,600 and $3,500 per year.
*There is no industry, technology or commercial infrastructure to provide employment for its residents, contributing to its 90% unemployment rate.
*There is no public transportation available on the Reservation
*There are no banks, motels, discount stores, or movie theaters, and the one grocery store of moderate size is tasked with providing for the entire community>
*There is a 70% high school dropout rate.
*The average life expectancy on the Reservation is 47 years for men and 52 years for women.
*Teenage suicide rate is 150% higher than the U.S. national average.
*Infant mortality rate is the highest on this continent, and about 300% higher than the U.S. national average
*There’s an estimated average of 17 people living in each family home, a home that may only have two to three rooms. Some Reservation families are forced to sleep on dirt floors.er 33% of homes have no electricity or basic water and sewage systems, forcing many to carry (often contaminated) water from local rivers daily for their personal needs.