If you are an Alaska native, you are
less likely to have
than if you live in the lower 48
Alaska native corporations (ANCs) were created not only to settle land claims, but also to provide an opportunity for Alaska natives to begin “walking in two worlds,” or to maintain their cultural heritage while engaging with the wider world. The program was meant to provide opportunities that could help one of the poorest groups of people in the United States. But Alaska natives are still suffering from high unemployment and extreme poverty. Growing numbers suffer from heart problems, obesity and diabetes. They commit suicide at almost four times the national rate, and one study found that alcohol played a role in two-thirds of those deaths.
Percentage living below the poverty line
The percentage of Alaska natives living below the poverty line is nearly twice the U.S. average.
The unemployment rate among Alaska natives is five times the national average.
GRAPHIC: Laura Stanton/TWP