By Nancy Shoemaker
Even if most people isn't broadly conscious of this pattern, American Indian inhabitants has grown phenomenally in view that 1900, their demographic nadir. now not a vanishing race, Indians have rebounded to 1492 inhabitants estimates in 9 a long time. until eventually now, such a lot study has occupied with catastrophic inhabitants decline, yet Nancy Shoemaker reviews how and why American Indians have recovered. Her research of the social, cultural, and financial implications of the relations and demographic styles fueling the restoration compares 5 diverse Indian teams: the Seneca country in long island country, Cherokees in Oklahoma, purple Lake Ojibways in Minnesota, Yakamas in Washington kingdom, and Navajos within the Southwest. Marshaling individual-level census info, Shoemaker locations American Indians in a large social and cultural context and compares their demographic styles to these of Euroamericans and African american citizens within the United States.
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Because Red Lake Ojibways are a small minority of all Ojibways in the United States, and once off Page 17 the reservation are unidentifiable from other Ojibways in census records, I constructed their population history just for Indians living at Red Lake. Because of postwar urban migration, more people have ties to Red Lake than are captured in the recent figures on their population. For the Yakamas and Senecas, two parallel population histories are provided, one based on tribal identification and the other based on the number of Indians living on the Yakama and Seneca Nation Reservations.
9 Epidemic diseases and migration were factors in population growth but, in and of themselves, are insufficient explanations for different growth rates among tribes. The causes of earlier population declinewarfare, removal, land loss, and especially diseasewere in recession in the nineteenth century. However, even though the population reached some stability in the mid- to late- nineteenth Page 21 century, it was not until the twentieth century that the Senecas experienced significant population growth.
Nonwhite Population By Race. Special Report, vol. 14, pt. 3, chap. B. S. S. Census of Population: 1960. Nonwhite Population by Race (1961), 2; 1970 Census of Population: American Indians (1973), 2. fertility decisions must have been influenced by the same economic and social incentives as other Americans, for even though they already had very high fertility, Indians shared in the baby boom at about the same pace as blacks and whites. 30 For the Indian population the post-baby-boom decline in fertility, usually referred to as "the baby bust," was precipitous.