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Statistical Brief: Housing of American Indians on Reservations — An Overview

Report Number SB/94-32

In 1990, nearly 1 in every 4 American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts lived on a reservation. These reservation residents faced much different housing conditions than other Americans. And conditions differed tremendously among the individual reservations.

One of a series, this Brief uses data collected in the 1990 Census of Population and Housing to examine housing characteristics of American Indian households on reservations and their associated trust lands. The term "American Indian households" includes all housing units where the householder has identified himself or herself as American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut.

This Brief looks at various occupancy characteristics of these households, such as householder's age and tenure, the number of persons, the chances of their being crowded, and mobility. They are compared to all households, as well as to American Indian households not living on reservations.

There are 314 reservations and trust lands in the United States. Trust lands are property associated with a particular American Indian reservation or tribe, held in trust by the Federal Government. In this Brief, the term "reservation" also includes trust lands.


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