Employment rates of tribal members living on or close to reservations or other tribal lands, ages 25–54, 2009–2011

Rank Tribe (state) Rate
1 Tlingit-Haida (Alaska) 75.8%
2 Cherokee (Oklahoma) 72.9%
3 Choctaw (Oklahoma) 72.3%
4 Cheyenne (Montana) 71.5%
5 Crow (Montana) 68.8%
6 Iroquois (New York) 68.4%
7 Creek (Oklahoma) 66.9%
8 Chickasaw (Oklahoma) 65.8%
9 Aleut (Alaska) 65.7%
9 Comanche (Oklahoma) 65.7%
11 Blackfoot (Montana) 65.6%
12 Potawatomi (Oklahoma) 63.6%
13 Colville (Washington) 63.1%
13 Pueblo (New Mexico) 63.1%
15 Menominee (Wisconsin) 62.7%
16 Other Alaska Native (Alaska) 62.6%
17 Iowa (Louisiana) 62.3%
18 Lumbee (North Carolina) 62.2%
19 Alaskan Athabaskan (Alaska) 61.2%
20 Yuman (Arizona, California) 60.9%
21 Eskimo (Alaska) 59.3%
22 Delaware (Oklahoma) 58.5%
23 Paiute (Nevada) 58.4%
24 Seminole (Oklahoma) 57.3%
25 Chippewa (Minnesota) 56.6%
26 Navajo (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) 55.8%
27 Sioux (South Dakota) 53.5%
28 Yaqui (Arizona) 51.9%
29 Yakima (Washington) 50.9%
30 Puget Sound Salish (Washington) 49.4%
31 Apache (Arizona) 48.4%
32 Tohono O’Odham (Arizona) 42.6%
33 Pima (Arizona) 42.5%
Subsample average 60.3%

Note: These rates are not necessarily of only one reservation. These weighted data include American Indian multiracials and Hispanic American Indians, but exclude the foreign born. The table uses "standard competition ranking," wherein items that tie for a position in the ranking receive the same ranking number, and the ranking numbers of all those below them reflect how many competitors rank above them.

Source: Author's analysis of American Community Survey data from Ruggles et al. (2013)

View the underlying data on epi.org.