➡ From Child Welfare Information Gateway
US: Investing in Native Youth and Their Communities
Huffington Post – August 15, 2017
More than 33 percent of Native children live in poverty, according to the Census. Native youth are over-represented in child welfare, and they are arrested at three times the national average, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute tells us that the high school dropout rates for Native youth are double the national average, and in states with the highest Native populations, dropout rates are more than 50 percent. Suicide is the second leading cause of death-2.5 times the national rate-for Native youth, and close to a quarter of Native households lack access to health care.