Native Americans

Arthur R. Brokop II & Steven L. Danver

In: Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West

Native Americans

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  • Though Native American peoples inhabit every state, the vast majority of Native Americans and reservation lands are in the U.S. West. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the western states are home to the largest American Indian populations, ranging from California's more than 723,000 Native Americans, to Oklahoma's more than 462,000, to Arizona's more than 353,000, to Texas's more than 315,000, to New Mexico's over 219,000. The top four states in terms of Native American population are all in the West, and nine out of the fifteen states with Native populations of over one hundred thousand are also in the West. Additionally, all of the twenty-two largest Native American reservations are in the western states, so the history and political situation facing Native Americans is ...

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