Reference Books

STATISTICAL RECORD OF NATIVE NORTH AMERICANS, edited by Marlita A. Reddy. Gale Research Inc., 835 Penobscot Bldg., Detroit, MI 48224, (800) 877-GALE (4253). Keyword index, list of sources. 1661 pp., $89.50 cloth. 0-8103-8963-0, First edition.

Statistical Record of Native North Americans: 1500 pages, $105. 2nd edition, late 1995, data has been updated by 1990 census and other materials. This presents current and historical statistical data of all types on indigenous peoples of the U.S. and Canada. Historical data includes population estimates, migrations, removals, epidemics, demographics. Current coverage encompasses individual tribes, families of tribes, and native groups as a whole, including stats on population demographics, land ownership and use, economy, social conditions, education, literacy, environment, legal matters, and more. Data is presented in tabular and graphic form, 1000 charts and tables, 200 tribes covered. 2nd edition rviewed by: Paula Giese

Prior to the publication of this book (1st edition), there was a large gap in statistical information on Native Americans. For example, a few years ago, my wife was attempting to compile information on voting registration and participation in tribal elections. Several tribes responded that they didn't keep statistics on elections, other than determining who won.

This book fills that gap. The "Statistical Record" is a comprehensive encyclopedia of tables containing the latest information on Native Americans in the United States and Canada in the following areas:

- History
- Demographics
- The Family
- Education
- Culture and Tradition
- Health and Health Care
- Social and Economic Conditions
- Business and Industry
- Land and Water Management
- Law and Law Enforcement

Many of the entries tell powerful stories. Several tables in the Health chapter point to deplorable conditions at Indian Health Service hospitals that take more than half an hour to get to for almost one-fourth of the population. Some of the statistics, though, seem doubtful, especially the very low total U.S. Native American population estimate of 1,959,000 people. I've seen several estimates that are three times as high.

Altogether, this is a well-presented treasure chest of essential data for academic and, more importantly, governmental researchers. It may take years to interpret all the information, but improvements in the lives of Native Americans won't come about unless enough information is gathered. This volume goes a long way in that direction, and it is highly recommended. Reviewed by: Steve Brock

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