Native Americans today: 22% of our country's 5.2 million Native Americans live on tribal land
Many Native Americans rely of government fund for pay. The scarcity of jobs and lack of economic opportunity mean that, 4 to 8 out 10 adults on reservations don't have jobs.
Despite housing efforts, 90,000 homeless or underhoused Native Americans exist. 30% of Indian housing is overcrowded, and less than 50% of them are connected to a public sewer. 40% of in reservation housing is considered inadequate. Some houses have three generations in a 2 bedroom home.
Native Americans life expectancy is 5 years less than Americans. About 55% of Indians rely on the Indian Health service for medical care. Only 60% of medical needs are met and rarely are there hospitals of pharmacies on or near reservations. Heart disease is the leading death for Native Americans along with diabetes, and quality of nutrition.
Life on reservations
Life on reservations came with the lack of food, jobs, and medical assistant. Also, during the gold rush it was like prisons for Native Americans the amount of land that was for Native Americans was know mostly used for mining which made living conditions horrible.