Some are descendants of a third wave of migration in which people settled across the northern part of North America. For this reason, genetic studies show they are not closely related to Native Americans in South America.
Throughout the Arctic and northern areas, the ancestors of the Alaska Natives established varying indigenous, complex cultures that have succeeded each other over time.
Native Americans have historically faced greater health disparities than almost any other population in the United States.
The Center for Rural Health works with tribal communities to help improve health outcomes and wellbeing for American Indians.
The data suggest it is necessary to develop targeted, adolescent-specific interventions aimed at reducing behaviors that put AI/AN high school students at risk for teen pregnancy, STI/HIV, and other health conditions.