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National vs. Native Missing Youth Statistics

NCJ Number
251736
Date Published
Annotation
This fact sheet presents statistics that compare the number of missing children on a national level with available statistics on the number of missing Native youth.
Abstract
In 2016, there were nearly 73 million children in the United States, and 465,676 were reported missing. Out of the approximately 73 million children in the United States, 1 million are Native Americans. Of this 1 million, only 7,700 were reported missing. Although this number of missing Native children is considered inaccurate, it shows that 1 in 130 Native children are likely to go missing each year. Compared to 1 in 157 non-Native children. Statistics on missing Native youth are limited, since there is still no centralized reporting system. Data on crime in Indian Country is under-reported to tribal authorities and, in turn, to federal authorities. Of the 179 AMBER Alerts issued for 231 children in 2016, only 12 were identified as Native youth.
Date Created: May 28, 2018