American Indians at Risk

by Jeffrey Ian Ross, Editor


The poverty rate of Native Americans is 25 percent, the highest in the United States.

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October 2013


Pages 811
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Race and Ethnicity/American Indian Studies
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This essential reference work enables a deeper understanding of contemporary challenges in the lives of American Indians and Alaskan Natives today, carefully reviewing their unique problems and proposing potential solutions.

American Indians face problems in their lives on a daily basis that most other Americans never contend with, and their challenges—which in some cases are similar to those of other minority groups in the United States—are still qualitatively unique. American Indians at Risk gives readers a broad overview of what life in Indian country is like, addressing specific contemporary social issues such as alcoholism, unemployment, and suicide. The author goes beyond detailed descriptions of the problems of American Indians to also present solutions, some of which have been effective in addressing these challenges. Each chapter includes a "Further Investigations" section that presents helpful ideas for additional research.


  • Provides a current and comprehensive analysis of contemporary problems facing American Indians
  • Documents the challenges of American Indians, identifies how they are qualitatively different from those of other minority groups in the United States, and presents potential solutions
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of both proposed and implemented solutions to problems in American Indian culture
  • Written by experts on American Indian affairs, including many who have lived, worked, and taught in Indian country, and are American Indians themselves
Author Info

Jeffrey Ian Ross, PhD, is professor in the School of Criminal Justice and a fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of 16 books, including Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System, and his work has appeared in many academic journals and books as well as popular media. He has researched, written, and lectured on corrections, policing, political crime, terrorism, violence, cybercrime, extreme/abnormal criminal behavior, and crime and justice in Indian country for over two decades; worked and lived in Indian country; and been a consultant on a number of Indian country grants funded by the federal government. He taught at American University as part of their Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program.



"Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers."—Choice

"Vast research undergirds articles and bibliographies, which point the way to detailed study of such ongoing issues as assimilation, mortality, and marginalization. . . . Ross’ reasonably priced compendium deserves a place in college, university, and large public library collections."—Booklist

"American Indians at Risk is a welcome addition to any undergraduate reference collection that serves students of the contemporary life of Native Americans."—ARBA


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