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5 Important Issues That Affect Native Americans Today

Mom.com Logo By Laura Clark of Mom.com | Slide 1 of 6: Native Americans, who at 6.8 million people make up about 2% of the U.S. population, have faced myriad critical issues throughout history but also in modern life.
In fact, this past summer marked the first-ever Native American presidential forum, where Democratic presidential candidates including U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris met with tribal leaders in Sioux City, Iowa, to discuss everything from health care to violence against women.
"It's great to finally get a lot of acknowledgment that Native Americans still exist, are still very much a part of civic engagement and not an erased people," Elizabeth Day, an enrolled member of the Ojibwe tribe, said at the forum, according to the Des Moines Register.
Here are five important issues that modern Native tribes are grabbling with today.

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Native Americans, who at 6.8 million people make up about 2% of the U.S. population, have faced myriad critical issues throughout history but also in modern life.

In fact, this past summer marked the first-ever Native American presidential forum, where Democratic presidential candidates including U.S. senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris met with tribal leaders in Sioux City, Iowa, to discuss everything from health care to violence against women.

"It's great to finally get a lot of acknowledgment that Native Americans still exist, are still very much a part of civic engagement and not an erased people," Elizabeth Day, an enrolled member of the Ojibwe tribe, said at the forum, according to the Des Moines Register.

Click through this gallery for five important issues that modern Native tribes are grabbling with today.

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