Cultural Group Characteristics And Demographics

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Cultural Group Characteristics and Demographics According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), any “person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment” are considered American Indian or Alaska Natives (AIAN) (Norris, Vines, & Hoeffel, 2012).
There are 565 Federally Recognized Tribes as well as many other tribes and bands, more than 100, that are not federally recognized. There are various differences in culture between each tribe. Geographically, the majority (largest proportion) of the American Indian and Alaska Native population lives in the West, with the second largest proportion is located in the South. According to the 2014 U.S. Census population estimates, there are 6,138,482 American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) in the United States; that is approximately 1.9% of the total U.S. population, this includes those who claim a combination of American Indian and Alaska Native with other races (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). Based on the 2014 population estimates, the states with the highest percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native in comparison to total state population are Alaska (18.3%), Oklahoma (12.6%), New Mexico (11.1%), and South Dakota (10%). When looking at total American Indian and Alaska Native population in the U.S., the states that have the highest percentage of the total American Indian and Alaska Native population are
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