A critical meeting is taking place on Friday which will help determine how the Minnesota legislature addresses the disparities faced by communities of color in our state. This meeting is an important first step toward resolving damaging community issues and American Indian OIC is encouraged by this action. We are hopeful that a path to equity is possible for all Minnesotans and encourage community members and allies to remind our decision makers that American Indians in the state continue to face considerable disparities. Notably:
- Minnesota’s Native American households have an annual median income of $32,000. This is 48% less than the state’s overall median household income of $61,500.
- The unemployment rate for the American Indian population of Minnesota is 10.8% and 40.8% of the population is considered to be ‘not in the labor force,’ meaning that nearly 52% of working-age American Indian Minnesotans are jobless.
American Indian OIC feels that issues facing our community are often overlooked by our immediate power structure and we hope that you will use your voice to make our community’s needs heard. We encourage you to attend the meeting on Friday to share your experiences or to simply be present to lend your support to the Native community and all communities of color in our state.
Legislative Working Group on Disparities & Opportunities
Friday, January 15, 2016
100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155
Public testimony is permitted
If you cannot attend Friday’s meeting, please contact your legislators and let them know that American Indians and other communities of color in Minnesota face many disparities and we need their advocacy and support.
Learn more about employment and economic disparities faced by Natives in Minnesota here.