Reservation Poverty Among Native Americans Research Paper

Reservation Poverty Among Native Americans
An examination of current policies and programs aimed to reduce Native American reservation poverty.
# 113627 | 2,672 words | 11 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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This paper examines the current status of Native Americans respective to other populations in the United States. The paper first examines the statistics of Native American poverty, as well as conditions on reservations. Next, the paper looks at current policies and programs aimed to reduce Native American reservation poverty. Additionally, the paper provides recommendations for more effective programs.

Table of Contents:
Literature Review
The Issue of Poverty on Native American Reservations
Policies and Programs

From the Paper:

"Native American communities on reservations face significantly higher rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, hunger and food insecurity, and crime than the general population. Lack of funding, lack of access to government programs and struggles over jurisdiction all confound efforts to alleviate poverty on reservations. A higher level of tribal involvement in decision-making could help ensure that programs are more readily adoptable and include ease of use as a primary concern. Furthermore, a higher level of tribal involvement in decisions would help to ensure that the needs of the Native American population are met, rather than the agenda of the non-Indian federal government. Many policies and programs exist that specifically target Native American populations, and Native Americans also have access to the welfare programs available to the public at large. However, there are myriad issues plaguing these programs, including inadequate funding and barriers to accessibility. Reform is needed to address these issues and alleviate the chronic and severe poverty that Native Americans suffer."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Claiborne, W. (March 30, 1999). HUD seeks to expand housing aid to Indians; Tribal groups skeptical of grants initiative. The Washington Post, p. A15
  • Cornell, S., Kalt, J. (1993). What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in American Indian Economic Development. American Indian Manual and Handbook Series No. 4.
  • Hermes, M. (2005). Complicating discontinuity: what about poverty? Curriculum Inquiry, 35, 1.
  • Kleinfeld, J., Kruse, J. (1982). Native Americans in the labor force: hunting for an accurate measure. Monthly Labor Review, 47-51.
  • McCarthy, R. (2005). The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Trust Obligation to American Indians. Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law, 19.

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