PROFILE AMERICA FACTS FOR FEATURES: CB19-FF.11
The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations have been issued every year since 1994, and we now refer to this celebration as “American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.” This Facts for Features presents statistics for American Indians and Alaska Natives, as this is one of the six major race categories defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.
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The nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2018, including those of more than one race. Source: Vintage 2018 Population Estimates
The projected American Indian and Alaska Native population alone or in combination with other race groups, on July 1, 2060. They would constitute 2.5% of the total population. Source: 2017 National Population Projections
The number of distinct federally recognized American Indian reservations in 2018, including federal reservations and off-reservation trust land. Source: U.S. Gazetteer Files https://www2.census.gov/geo/docs/maps-data/data/gazetteer/2018_Gazetteer/2018_Gaz_aiannh_national.zip
The number of federally recognized Indian tribes in 2018. Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2019
The number of single-race American Indian and Alaska Native veterans of the U.S. armed forces in 2018. Source: 2018 American Community Survey
See a detailed profile on the American Indian and Alaska Native population from the 2018 American Community Survey. Statistics include:
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The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:
African-American History Month (February)
Women’s History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Holiday Season (November-December)
Editor’s note: This data comes from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are generally released about two months before an observance to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Profile America’s Facts for Features provides statistics related to observances and holidays not covered by Stats for Stories. For observances not listed above, visit our Stats for Stories web page.
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