Native Americans' recovery from recession brings little advancement


Last updated 3/16/2018 at 11:27am

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Tribal leaders say remote locations and lack of resources are just some of the systemic reasons Native Americans continue to lag other groups in economic prosperity.

WASHINGTON-Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.

A decade after the start of the recession, Native Americans posted poverty and unemployment numbers that were more than twice the overall state average, and per capita incomes that were less than half those of the rest of the state.

Those margins have barely budged since the recession started at the end of 2007, and in the case of income the gap has actually become wider.

Tribal officials and experts said they were not surprised by the numbers, which they attribute...

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