Profile America: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

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Saturday, November 3rd. This is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, conceived almost a century ago but made official by a congressional resolution signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The American Community Survey finds about 5.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States; about 1.7 percent of the total population.

California is home to the greatest number of these groups at over a million, followed by Oklahoma with over a half-million. American Indian and Alaska Native populations, alone or in combination with other races, surpass 100,000 in 21 states from Florida to Alaska. At nearly 20 percent, Alaska has the highest percentage of population in the honored group.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

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