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Diversity and Disaster: a Native American Example

November 21, 2013

America’s urban centers are both diverse and vulnerable to natural disasters.  Urban Native Americans and America’s most recent urban earthquake, the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, provide an example.  Approximately 18,000 Native Americans lived in census tracts in which at least one building was rendered at least temporarily uninhabitable, and 94% lived in census tracts having urban population densities (>1,000 persons/sq. mi.).  If these census tracts had been an American Indian reservation, they would have had the second largest Native American population of any reservation.  More than 40% of the Native Americans were concentrated in census tracts having median incomes of less than $25,000/year.

See maps, graphs, and more at http://capone.mtsu.edu/mabolins/PowerPoint.pdf .

For more about urban Native American, check out “Reimagining Indian Country” by Nicolas Rosenthal.

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