Despite the special privileges that Native American Tribes can exercise through federally chartered corporations this does not guarantee any degree of economic development or prosperity. To date, Native America continues to struggle to recover from a long history of subjugation. As President Obama recently remarked, “The painful legacy of discrimination means that . . . Native Americans are far more likely to suffer from a lack of opportunity — higher unemployment and higher poverty rates” .
The United States is home to 2.4 million Native Americans. In comparison to the rest of the population, this number is a very small amount (only .9%) . American Indians have historically lived in extreme poverty. With the rise of Indian gaming enterprises, the problem of poverty may have been addressed in select areas. Yet, while Native Americans have begun to take more control of their tribal communities and have begun to improve their economic situation , poverty on Indian Reservations is still a major issue. The U.S. Census in both 1990 and 2000 indicates that poverty has prevailed on reservations; to this day, Native Americans have the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the United States of America. The poverty rate of Native Americans is 25% .
Factors impeding Native Americans tribal ventures from achieving prosperity:
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