- Native Americans had a life expectancy of 71 years, according to a recent CDC study, compared to Hispanics at 82, Whites at 78.8 and Blacks at 74.8.
- Heart disease was the leading cause of death among Indigenous people in 2019, followed by cancer, accidents, chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and chronic respiratory disease.
- American Indians and Alaskan natives were also killed at a rate five times that of whites, half the rate of blacks and more than twice that of Hispanics, according to the study.
When she was in kindergarten, Erica Littlewolf of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe remembers that many of her Native friends were already losing their parents.
Then she started to lose those friends and classmates.
“Around high school, I had lost a lot of my friends,” Littlewolf said, adding that she was surprised to learn that some of her white friends weren’t going to the funeral as well.
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