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Race and Ethnicity in America$
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John Iceland

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286900

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286900.001.0001

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American Indians

American Indians

(p.92) 5 American Indians
Race and Ethnicity in America

John Iceland

University of California Press

This chapter provides a brief historical overview of American Indians in the United States, an examination of patterns of identification among people with American Indian heritage, a description of this group’s socioeconomic profile, and a discussion of the factors that help explain this profile. Overall, American Indians continue to experience, on average, low levels of educational attainment and income and high levels of poverty. A legacy of past racism, contemporary discrimination, and continued spatial and economic social isolation especially on and around reservations likely explain the disadvantaged position of many American Indians today.

Keywords:   American Indians, racial identity, socioeconomic status, poverty, education, income, Indian reservations, discrimination, isolation

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