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The Well-Being of American Indian Children in North Dakota. Polly A. Fassinger, North Dakota Kids Count. Presentation for the North Dakota Association of Extension Agents, March 28, 2007. North Dakota KIDS COUNT. Our mission:

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the well being of american indian children in north dakota

The Well-Being of American Indian Children in North Dakota

Polly A. Fassinger, North Dakota Kids Count

Presentation for the North Dakota Association of Extension Agents, March 28, 2007

north dakota kids count
North Dakota KIDS COUNT
  • Our mission:
    • Promote the well-being of North Dakota's children through data-based public awareness activities.
    • Encourage policy decisions that enable families to successfully raise their children.
main topical areas
Main Topical Areas
  • The next generation
    • demographic portrait
  • Family composition
  • Economic condition
  • Education
  • Health
  • At-risk factors
Some basics
    • Children are persons younger than age 18, unless otherwise noted
    • Data is for state of North Dakota, unless otherwise noted
    • American Indians may include persons who are multiracial
    • Tribes and reservations
the next generation
The Next Generation
  • American Indians are the largest minority group of children in the state.
    • About 9% of all children are American Indian.
family composition
Family Composition
  • American Indian children benefit from strong extended family support.
Percent of Children Who Live with a Relative Householder other than Their Parent, by Race of Child, 2000
The majority of American Indian grandparents who live with their grandchildren are also responsible for them.
Percent of Grandparents Living with Their Grandchildren Who were also Responsible for Their Grandchildren, by Race of Grandparent, 2000
economic condition
Economic Condition
  • American Indian family incomes are much lower than those of other families.
American Indian children have poverty rates more than 4 times higher than white children.
  • Over half of American Indian children under 6 are poor.
    • More than 25% live in extreme poverty.
  • North Dakota has five tribal colleges.
  • More than 20% of American Indian youth (ages 18-24) are enrolled in college or graduate school.
percent of american indian youth enrolled in college or graduate school n d and u s 2000
Percent of American Indian Youth Enrolled in College or Graduate School, N.D. and U.S., 2000
  • Between 4% to 17% of American Indian children did not have health insurance in 2003.
    • Between 5% to 8% of white children lacked health insurance in 2003.
number of live births per 1 000 teenage women ages 19 and younger by race of mother 2000 2004
Number of Live Births per 1,000 Teenage Women Ages 19 and Younger, by Race of Mother, 2000-2004
at risk behaviors
At-Risk Behaviors
  • American Indian teens have higher suicide rates than do all teens.
be an advocate for american indian children
Be an advocate for American Indian children
  • Be informed!
  • Start a program
  • Encourage economic development on reservations
  • Communicate with legislators
  • Vote
  • Donate
staying informed
Staying informed…

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Presenter contact information:

Dr. Polly A. Fassinger

Research Analyst

North Dakota KIDS COUNT


North Dakota KIDS COUNT


P.O. Box 5636

Fargo, ND 58105

Phone 701-231-5931