Native Americans in the United States facts

Native Americans
and Alaska Natives
Total population
American Indian and Alaska Native
One race: 2.5 million
In combination with one or more other races: 1.6 million
Regions with significant populations
 United States
(predominantly the Midwest and West)
American English
Native American languages
Native American Church
Sacred Pipe
Kiva Religion
Long House
Roman Catholicism
Russian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups
Other Indigenous peoples of the Americas

Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the areas of North America now part of the continental United States, including parts of Alaska. The Cherokee were the first Native Americans to be recognized as US citizens. In the 19th century white colonists called the Cherokee one of the Five Civilized Tribes. The others were Chicksaw, Chocktaw, Creek, and Seminole.

There are about 310 Indian reservations in the US. Most Native Americans do not live on a reservation anymore.

Native Americans are affected by some problems more than white Americans. For example Native Americans are alcoholic six times more often than average.


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