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Introduction: Demography of American Indians and Alaska Natives


Rindfuss, Ronald R.; Sandefur, Gary D.; & Cohen, Barney (1997). Introduction: Demography of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Population Research and Policy Review, 16(1-2), 1-10.


American Indians trace their roots in the geographic area that now comprises the USA to an earlier point in time than any other racial or ethnic group, yet ironically, we know less about their current demographic and health situation than that of African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, or European Americans. This issue has two goals: first, to achieve a better understanding of the reasons for this relative paucity of knowledge, and second, to review and extend our knowledge of the contemporary demographic and health situation of American Indians.


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Population Research and Policy Review


Rindfuss, Ronald R.
Sandefur, Gary D.
Cohen, Barney