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There are 567 tribes, including 229 Alaska Native communities, currently recognized by the federal government. The Bureau of Indian Affairs — the primary federal agency in charge of relations with indigenous communities — is also considering extending federal status to Native Hawaiians.
Only 51 percent of Native Americans in the class of 2010 graduated high school.
Suicide is the second most common cause of death for Native youth ages 15 to 24 — two and a half times the national rate for that age group. In February of 2015, following a rash of suicides, the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota declared a state of emergency.