Population Research and Policy Review 16: 1–10, 1997. 1 c 1997 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Introduction: Demography of American Indians and Alaska Natives 1 2 RONALD R. RINDFUSS , GARY D. SANDEFUR & BARNEY COHEN Department of Sociology and Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA National Research Council, Washington, DC, USA American Indians trace their roots in the geographic area that now comprises the USA to an earlier point in time than any other racial or ethnic group, yet ironically, we know less about their current demographic and health situation than that of African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, or European Americans. This issue has two goals: ﬁrst, to achieve a better understanding of the reasons for this relative paucity of knowledge, and second, to review and extend our knowledge of the contemporary demographic and health situation of American Indians. The paths to these goals are closely intertwined, and it is difﬁcult to dis- cuss one without considering the other. We know relatively little about the demographic and health situation of contemporary American Indians in part because they are difﬁcult to
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