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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table 1.3.  Largest American Indian and Alaska Native tribes according to number of self-identified members, by race and tribal group: 2000

Tribal group Total American
Indian/Alaska
Native alone
American
Indian/Alaska
Native in
combination
with one or
more other races
Total 4,119,301 2,475,956 1,643,345
       
American Indian tribes      
Cherokee 729,533 299,862 429,671
Navajo 298,197 275,991 22,206
Latin American Indian1 180,940 106,204 74,736
Choctaw 158,774 96,901 61,873
Sioux 153,360 113,066 40,294
Chippewa 149,669 108,637 41,032
Apache 96,833 64,977 31,856
Blackfeet 85,750 31,462 54,288
Iroquois2 80,822 47,530 33,292
Pueblo 74,085 63,060 11,025
       
Alaska Native tribes      
Eskimo 54,761 47,337 7,424
Tlingit-Haida 22,365 15,884 6,481
Alaska Athabascan 18,838 15,335 3,503
Aleut 16,978 12,773 4,205
1 Latin American Indian refers to respondents listing any one of a number of Latin American tribes (e.g., the Maya or Yanomamo).
2 Iroquois is a language group which includes 6 federally recognized tribes in its confederacy.
NOTE: "Alone" refers to respondents who selected American Indian/Alaska Native and not any other race category. "In combination with one or more other races" refers to respondents who selected American Indian/Alaska Native and one or more other race categories. Both "alone" and "in combination" include persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Tribal groupings compiled by the Census Bureau do not necessarily correspond with federally recognized tribes. Self-identified membership does not necessarily correspond with official membership in a federally recognized tribe. Tribal populations do not sum to totals because totals include American Indian/Alaska Native populations from many additional tribes. In addition, the numbers by American Indian and Alaska Native tribal groupings do not sum to the total population because tribal groupings are tallies of the number of American Indian and Alaska Native responses rather than the number of American Indian and Alaska Native respondents. Respondents reporting several American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are counted several times. For example, a respondent reporting "Apache and Blackfeet" would be included in the Apache as well as Blackfeet numbers.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Census 2000 Brief: The American Indian and Alaska Native Population, 2000, 2002.

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